mawworm definition

  • noun:
    • alternate spelling of maw-worm.
    • Any abdominal worm based in the belly, esp. the typical round-worm (Ascaris lumbricoides), and allied species.
    • one of many larvæ of botflies of ponies; a bot.
    • An intestinal worm which may be based in the stomach, as a pin-worm or threadworm, eg Oxyuris vermicularis.
    • a guy just who resembles Mawworm, a character in Bickerstaffe's play “The Hypocrite,” 1769; a hypocritical pretender to sanctity.

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