worm (n.) Old form(s): worme
germ, microbe, bug
MA III.ii.25[Leonato to Don Pedro, of Benedick's toothache] Where is but a humour or a worm
TN II.iv.110[Viola as Cesario to Orsino, of a woman who never told her love] [she] let concealment, like a worm i'the bud, / Feed on her damask cheek
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