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 for fork bomb
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  fork bomb
   n.
  
      [Unix] A particular species of wabbit that can be written in one line of
      C (main() for(;;)fork();) or shell ($0 & $0 &) on any Unix system, or
      occasionally created by an egregious coding bug. A fork bomb process
      ?explodes? by recursively spawning copies of itself (using the Unix system
      call fork(2)). Eventually it eats all the process table entries and
      effectively wedges the system. Fortunately, fork bombs are relatively easy
      to spot and kill, so creating one deliberately seldom accomplishes more
      than to bring the just wrath of the gods down upon the perpetrator. Also
      called a fork bunny. See also logic bomb.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  fork bomb
  
      A particular species of wabbit that can be
     written in one line of C:
  
     	main() for(;;)fork();
  
     or shell:
  
     	$0 & $0 &
  
     on any Unix system, or occasionally created by an egregious
     coding bug.  A fork bomb process "explodes" by recursively
     spawning copies of itself using the Unix system call
     "{fork(2)".  Eventually it eats all the process table entries
     and effectively wedges the system.  Fortunately, fork bombs
     are relatively easy to spot and kill, so creating one
     deliberately seldom accomplishes more than to bring the just
     wrath of the gods down upon the perpetrator.
  
     See also logic bomb.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-14)
  

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