Etymology
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care-worm (n.)

a word listed in 2nd print edition OED, whose editors found it, once, in the William Phillip's loose and erratic 1598 translation of John Huyghen van Linschoten's account of his voyage to the East Indies, and marked it "? error for EAREWORM." But care-worm could be a useful word.

They can hardly keepe any Paper or Bookes from wormes, which are like care wormes, but they doe often spoile and consume many Papers and euidences of great importance. [Phillip]

updated on November 07, 2022

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