wyrm

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old English wyrm

Noun[edit]

wyrm (plural wyrms)

  1. (poetic) dragon, particularly one without legs or wings
  2. (poetic) snake, particularly a large one

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Cognate with Old Frisian wirm, Old Saxon wurm (Dutch worm), Old High German wurm (German Wurm), Old Norse ormr (Swedish orm (serpent)), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌼𐍃 (waurms, worm, serpent). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vermis (worm), Lithuanian varmas (midge), Old East Slavic вермие (vermije) ‘locusts, worms’, Ancient Greek ῥόμος (rhomos, earthworm) (originally *ϝράμος (wramos)).

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Noun[edit]

wyrm m (plural wyrmas)

  1. a serpent or snake
    quotations:
    • "Me nædre beswac, fah wyrm þurh fægir word" (see references)
  2. a creeping insect, maggot, grub, or worm
    quotations:
    • "Wyrm ðe boraþ treow termes vel teredo" (see references)
  3. a worm or a snake, in the figurative sense of something lowly or despicable
    quotations:
    • "Ic eam wyrm (vermis) and nales mon" (see references)

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