A worm





  • From Middle English worm, werm, wurm, wirm, from Old English wyrm, from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis, possibly from *wer-. Cognate with Dutch worm, West Frisian wjirm, German Wurm, Danish orm, Norwegian orm. Indo-European cognates include Latin vermis, Lithuanian var̃mas, Albanian rrime, Ancient Greek ῥόμος. First computer usage by John Brunner in his 1975 book The Shockwave Rider.
  • wyrm, which is a fairly recent borrowing directly from the Old English.

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