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Baltic etymology :

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Proto-Baltic: *wī̂k-ia- c., *wik-st-a- c.
Meaning: worm
Indo-European etymology: Indo-European etymology
Lithuanian: vī́ki-s 'Ascaris lumbricoides', vìkšta-s 'Raupe; Raupenkette'

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Indo-European etymology :

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Proto-IE: *wīk- (*ousV-wīk- ?)
Meaning: worm, earwig
Baltic: *wī̂k-ia- c., *wik-st-a- c.
Germanic: *wig-jō(n-)
Russ. meaning: насекомое (глист, уховертка)
References: Fraenkel 1249 (different in Pokorny)
Comments: No earwig has any relation to ears whatsoever. It is not even a legend, but just a folk-etymological analysis of this word, which must have been a compound like *ousVwik- (further *ousVwert- etc. - cf. Slav. *uxo-vьrt-) with a substitution of the 2d part by a productive root. The present root must have been the second part of the compound (*wīk-, denoting a tapeworm in Baltic), but the first part is unclear.

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Germanic etymology :

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Proto-Germanic: *wigjō(n)
Meaning: earwig
IE etymology: IE etymology
Old English: wicga, ēar-wicga `Ohrwurm'
English: earwig

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