worm-eaten

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worm-eaten (comparative more worm-eaten, superlative most worm-eaten)

  1. Of fruit or other food, eaten by worms, especially having a worm inside.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 36:
      Once upon a time there was a lad, who went along a road cracking nuts. He happened to find one which was worm-eaten, and shortly afterwards he met the devil.
  2. (by extension) Rotten or decrepit.

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