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[verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt] /verb vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪt; adjective vərˈmɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), vermiculated, vermiculating.
to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
adjective, Also, vermiculated
[ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid] /vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA)
worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
sinuous; tortuous; intricate:
vermiculate thought processes.
Origin of vermiculate
First recorded in 1595-1605, vermiculate is from the Latin word vermiculātus (past participle of vermiculārī to be worm-eaten). See vermicule, -ate1
Related forms
vermiculation, noun
unvermiculated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vermiculate
Historical Examples
  • vermiculate: worm-like in form: a marking with wormlike tracings.

  • He regarded the thing as vermiculate, and ready to corrupt the obedience.

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
  • 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 George MacDonald
  • 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 George MacDonald
  • My life seemed only a vermiculate one, a crawling about of half-thoughts-half-feelings through the corpse of a decaying existence.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for vermiculate


verb (vɜːˈmɪkjʊˌleɪt)
(transitive) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings
adjective (vɜːˈmɪkjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
vermicular; sinuous
worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
(of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vermiculātus in the form of worms, from vermis worm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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