[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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The vermiculation is never well developed (see plate 38 in Conant, 1958).
- physiol any wormlike movement, esp of the intestines; peristalsis
- decoration consisting of wormlike carving or marks
- the state of being worm-eaten
- (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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- Motion resembling that of a worm, especially the wavelike contractions of the intestine; peristalsis.
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