[verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt]
- to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
- worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
- sinuous; tortuous; intricate: vermiculate thought processes.
Origin of vermiculate
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Vermiculate: worm-like in form: a marking with wormlike tracings.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
He regarded the thing as vermiculate, and ready to corrupt the obedience.The Elect Lady
Religion itself in the hearts of the unreal, is a dead thing; what seems life in it, is the vermiculate life of a corpse.Hope of the Gospel
Some that I caught and examined closely had, as Scott says, "vermiculate marks on the back very plain and distinct."Fishing With The Fly
Charles F. Orvis and Others
What a breeding nest of vermiculate cares and pains was this human heart of ours!Thomas Wingfold, Curate
- (tr) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings
- vermicular; sinuous
- worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
- (of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous
C17: from Latin vermiculātus in the form of worms, from vermis worm
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