1. (Science: zoology) Any insect of the genus Forticula and related genera, belonging to the order euplexoptera.
2. (Science: zoology) in America, any small chilopodous myriapod, especially. Of the genus geophilus.
Both insects are so called from the supposition that they creep into the human ear.
3. A whisperer of insinuations; a secret counselor.
Origin: as. Earwicga; eare ear – wicga beetle, worm: cf. Prov. E. Erri-wiggle.