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  1. of, relating to, or done by worms.
  2. consisting of or characterized by sinuous or wavy outlines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
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Origin of vermicular

1645–55; < Medieval Latin vermiculāris, equivalent to Latin vermicul(us) vermicule + -āris -ar1
Related formsver·mic·u·lar·ly, adverb
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Related Words

reptilian, horizontal, prostrate, trailing, clinging, recumbent, serpentine, procumbent, reptant, stoloniferous, vermicular

Examples from the Web for vermicular

Historical Examples

  • Vermicular: worm-like, tortuous: resembling the tracks of a worm.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • There is no telling how vermicular are the wrigglings of mean souls.

  • It is this vermicular insignificance of the gossip that makes his detection so difficult, and gives him his security.

  • Gale describes a torc found near Old Verulam in 1748, as "a wreathed or vermicular ornament, being a solid chain of gold."

  • No animal of the vermicular or serpentine kind is crested but the most formidable of all.

British Dictionary definitions for vermicular


  1. resembling the form, markings, motion, or tracks of worms
  2. of or relating to worms or wormlike animals
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Derived Formsvermicularly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin vermiculāris, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis worm
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vermicular in Medicine


  1. Having the shape or motion of a worm.
  2. Caused by or relating to worms.
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