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"worm infesting the stomach," c.1600, from maw (n.) + worm (n).

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  • For this feeling and thus speaking this Writer compares me to "mawworm."

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • For thus feeling and thus speaking this writer has the charitableness and the decency to call me "mawworm."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua John Henry Newman
  • mawworm and Aminidab Sleek then play a rôle in every household, and every child becomes a wretched little Roscius.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland

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