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Definition of earwig:

  1. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor.
  2. Any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order Euplexoptera.
  3. In America, any small chilopodous myriapod, esp. of the genus Geophilus.
  4. To influence, or attempt to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk.

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