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[vur-muh-nuh s] /ˈvɜr mə nəs/
of the nature of or resembling vermin.
of, relating to, or caused by vermin:
verminous diseases.
infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin:
verminous shacks.
Origin of verminous
1610-20; < Latin verminōsus infested with maggots; see verminate, -ous
Related forms
verminously, adverb
verminousness, noun
nonverminous, adjective
nonverminously, adverb
nonverminousness, noun
unverminous, adjective
unverminously, adverb
unverminousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for verminous
Historical Examples
  • We had been warned by many travellers of the verminous condition of Spain.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • The vessel was verminous, the food was bad, and the heat was oppressive.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • She shuddered as if some verminous thing had been held up to her gaze.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
  • You never saw such a verminous tangled mess in all your life.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • There is nothing for it but to throw the loathsome, verminous thing away.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • These men were ravenous and verminous, but they had by no means lost their hope and faith.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • They were dirty and verminous, and spread infectious diseases.

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
  • She has certain exploratory movements which convince me she is verminous.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • They have been known to enter human dwellings, removing all the verminous insects contained therein.

  • I shall only remark, that worms, and all verminous diseases, very evidently owe their origin to the nature of their food.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for verminous


relating to, infested with, or suggestive of vermin
Derived Forms
verminously, adverb
verminousness, noun
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verminous in Medicine

verminous ver·min·ous (vûr'mə-nəs)

  1. Of, relating to, or caused by vermin.

  2. Infested with vermin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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