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bookworm

[boo k-wurm] /ˈbʊkˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
a person devoted to reading or studying.
2.
any of various insects that feed on books, especially a booklouse.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; book + worm
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  • The site is free, and hundreds of bookworm lonely-hearts have already signed up.
  • In so many motion pictures does brawn get the break over brain that it is indeed encouraging when the bookworm finally turns.
  • Everything he does is so silly that one can't possibly look upon him as a bookworm.
  • It doesn't even have anything to do with whether you're a bookworm or a nerd or a geek.
British Dictionary definitions for bookworm

bookworm

/ˈbʊkˌwɜːm/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for bookworm
n.

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. See book (n.) + worm (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for bookworm

any insect (e.g., moths, beetles) whose larval (or adult) forms injure books by gnawing the binding and piercing the pages with small holes. No single species may properly be called the bookworm because a large number of insects feed upon dry, starchy material or paper and may damage books

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