Definitions starting with W

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/wóram, vóyam/ [Atlantic (Hancock 1969: 48); cf. OED wurem 13th century, and worom worm in Brit. dial. West EDD, US dial. South ADD; the epenthetic vowel has been attributed to African phonotactic rules (Alleyne 47), which may have reinforced the Brit, dial. form) n. 1. worm: 1917 Kill out de worrum, what eats de teet' away (Defries 83). (Gen.)

2. Obs? [cf. OED idem arch.] snake, dragon: 1895 People vwat de worrum did swallow. this big worrum, vwat had de fire in his mouth (Ed­wards 72).

Tags: animal, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-27 03:08
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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