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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mawworm \Maw"worm`\, n. [Maw the belly + worm.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. Any intestinal worm found in the stomach, esp. the common round worm ( Ascaris lumbricoides), and allied species.

  2. One of the larv[ae] of botflies of horses; a bot.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"worm infesting the stomach," c.1600, from maw (n.) + worm (n).


n. (alternative spelling of maw-worm English)

Usage examples of "mawworm".

Why, that mawworm was trying to diddle me out of my whole bank account!

Indeed, it had come to him, like a mawworm gnawing away at his insides, that she had been taking the precaution of removing Philippe to a place of safety before she herself set off knowingly into danger.

And then it came to him, insidiously, like a mawworm gnawing away at his pat assumptions.

He was a fine gent, very pleasant to everyone, even that mawworm Watson.

Since my family came to Canada, in 1888, the Hawsers and the Mawworms have rather lost touch, and I am anxious to renew the connection.