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Worm

WORM. Five Heb. and one Gr. words are tr. worm in KJV and most other Eng. VSS, and this treatment is generally regarded as correct. An attempt will be made to identify the words in some contexts, but this is not easy, for the word in most languages is a vague one, applied, even in a semi-technical sense, to a wide range of animals. In Eng., for instance, it is given to members of four whole phyla (including flatworms, round worms, etc.) as well as to beetle grubs, caterpillars, and even to a species of lizard—the blind worm. In addition, the word has a completely non-specific, fig. use as when a person is called a worm. This usage is found in several passages, e.g. Isaiah 41:14, “Fear not, you worm Jacob.”