wyrm

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Learned borrowing from Old English wyrm. Doublet of worm, which was inherited.

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wyrm (plural wyrms)

  1. (mythology, fantasy) A huge limbless and wingless dragon or dragon-like creature.
  2. A sea serpent.

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wyrm

  1. Alternative form of worm

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Cognate with Old Frisian wirm, Old Saxon wurm, Old High German wurm, Old Norse ormr, and Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌼𐍃 (waurms). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vermis (worm), Lithuanian varmas (midge), Old East Slavic вермие (vermie, locusts, worms), and Ancient Greek ῥόμος (rhómos, earthworm).

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wyrm m

  1. any crawling animal, especially:
    1. worm
    2. maggot, grub
    3. reptile, especially a snake
    4. dragon

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