1. <zoology> Any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera.

2. <zoology> In America, any small chilopodous myriapod, especially. Of the genus Geophilus.

Both insects are so called from the supposition that they creep into the human ear.

3. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor.

Origin: AS. Earwicga; eare ear + wicga beetle, worm: cf. Prov. E. Erri-wiggle.

(01 Mar 1998)

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