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A city of southwest Germany on the Rhine River north-northwest of Mannheim. It is noted as the site of the Diet of Worms (1521) in which Martin Luther refused to recant his beliefs and was outlawed by the Roman Catholic Church.
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(Pathology) (functioning as singular) any disease or disorder, usually of the intestine, characterized by infestation with parasitic worms
Worms(wɜːmz; German vɔrms)
(Placename) a city in SW Germany, in Rhineland-Palatinate on the Rhine: famous as the seat of imperial diets, notably that of 1521, before which Luther defended his doctrines in the presence of Charles V; river port and manufacturing centre with a large wine trade. Pop: 81 100 (2003 est)
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Worms(wɜrmz; Ger. vɔrms)
1. a city in E Rhineland-Palatinate, in SW Germany. 71,827.
2. Diet of, the council, or diet, held here (1521) at which Luther was condemned as a heretic.
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- can of worms - Based on an image of a container of maggots for use as fish bait.
- food for worms, food for fishes - A dead human being is food for worms; a drowning victim is food for fishes.
- silkworm - Is not a worm, but a caterpillar.
- wormwood - There are no worms or wood involved in wormwood, which is an alteration of the word wermod, a plant used for making vermouth, absinthe and medicine.
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See also zoology.
the branch of zoology that studies worms, especially parasitic worms. — helminthologist, n. — helminthologic, helminthologieal, adj.
an abnormal fear of being infested with worms.
an abnormal fear of worms.
a study of worms.
the breeding and raising of silk worms for the production of silk. — sericulturist, n. — sericultural, adj.
an agent or preparation for killing tapeworms. — taeniacidal, teniacidal, adj.
Rare. helminthology. — vermeologist, n.
a substance for killing worms, especially intestinal worms, in animals or humans. Cf. vermifuge.
a drug for expelling worms from the intestinal tract. Cf. vermicide. — vermifuge, adj.
the state or process of being infested with worms or vermin.
an abnormal fear of worms.
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