Definitions for earwigˈɪərˌwɪg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ear•wigˈɪərˌwɪg(n.; v.)-wigged, -wig•ging.

  1. (n.)any of numerous dark and slender nocturnal insects of the order Dermaptera, having horny pincers at the rear that can rise up like a scorpion's.

    Category: Entomology

  2. (v.t.)to fill the mind of with prejudice by insinuations.

Origin of earwig:

bef. 1000; ME erwigge, OE ēarwicga=ēarear1+ wicga earwig

Princeton's WordNet

  1. earwig(noun)

    any of numerous insects of the order Dermaptera having elongate bodies and slender many-jointed antennae and a pair of large pincers at the rear of the abdomen

Wiktionary

  1. earwig(Noun)

    Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera that have elongated bodies, large membranous wings folded underneath short leathery forewings and a pair of large pincers protruding from the rear of the abdomen.

  2. earwig(Verb)

    To fill the mind of with prejudice by insinuations.

  3. earwig(Verb)

    To attempt to influence by persistent confidential argument or talk.

  4. earwig(Verb)

    To eavesdrop.

  5. Origin: From erwigge, from êarwicga.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Earwig(noun)

    any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera

  2. Earwig(noun)

    in America, any small chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus

  3. Earwig(noun)

    a whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor

  4. Earwig(verb)

    to influence, or attempt to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk

Freebase

  1. Earwig

    Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera, found throughout the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, Australia and New Zealand. With about 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders. Earwigs have characteristic cerci, a pair of forceps pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings, hence the scientific order name, "skin wings." Some groups are tiny parasites on mammals and lack the typical pincers. Earwigs rarely use their flying ability. Earwigs are nocturnal; they often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig Forficula auricularia. Earwigs have five molts in the year before they become adults. Many earwig species display maternal care, which is uncommon among insects. Female earwigs may care for their eggs, and even after they have hatched as nymphs will continue to watch over offspring until their second molt. As the nymphs molt, sexual dimorphism such as differences in pincer shapes begins to show. Some earwig specimen fossils are in the extinct suborders Archidermaptera or Eodermaptera, the former dating to the Late Triassic and the latter to the Middle Jurassic. Many orders of insect have been theorized to be closely related to earwigs, though the icebugs of Grylloblattaria are most likely.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

earwig(noun)

a kind of insect with pincers at the end of its body.

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