book worm

bookworm

[book-wurm]
noun
1.
a person devoted to reading or studying.
2.
any of various insects that feed on books, especially a booklouse.

Origin:
1590–1600; book + worm

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bookworm (ˈbʊkˌwɜːm)
 
n
1.  a person excessively devoted to studying or reading
2.  any of various small insects that feed on the binding paste of books, esp the book louse

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bookworm
1590s (of people), 1855 of insects or maggots; there is no single species known by this name, which is applied to the anolium beetle, silverfishes, and book lice.
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