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A settlement on the Firth of Tay in NE Fife, situated at the southern end of the Tay Rail Bridge and lying at the western end of the Newport-on-Tay urban area. The origin of the name is unclear but may arise from the plant wormwood that was used from Mediaeval times as a tonic and to purge the body of worms, and which was known as 'wormit' in Old English. Wormit Hill is situated to the south, while the farmstead which originally had this name lies to the southwest of the current village, along with Wormit Den, and Wormit Bay.

It developed as a commuter settlement for Dundee after the opening of the Tay Bridge in 1887 and had its own railway station between 1889 amd 1969. Wormit claims to have been the first village in Scotland to install electricity, generated by a windmill and augmented by a steam-engine when there was little wind. The settlement has a primary school (1978), parish church (1901; originally a United Free Church), post-office, bowling club and a boating club.

Stained glass artist and painter T.S. Halliday (1902-98) made his home here.

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