E'ARWIG, n. A genus of insects of the order of Coleopters. The antennae are bristly; the elytra dimidiated; the wings covered; and the tail forked. This animal is called in Latin forficula, from the forceps at the end of the abdomen. The English name was given to it from an ill founded notion that the animal creeps into the ear and causes injury.
In New England, this name is vulgarly given to a species of centiped.
A name vulgarly given to a species of Milliped, from a notion that the animal creeps into the ear.
EAR-WIG, n. [Sax. ear-wigga, ear-wicga; ear and worm or grub.]
The popular name of certain species of Forficula, which are orthopterous insects of the family Cursoria. The English name was given from an ill founded notion that these animals creep into the ear and cause injury.
In New England, this name is vulgarly given to a centiped.
- Any insect of the genus Forticula and
related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera.
- To influence, or attempt to influence,
by whispered insinuations or private talk.
- In America, any small
chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus.
- A whisperer of insinuations; a secret