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vermiculate

[ verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb v蓹r藞m瑟k y蓹藢le瑟t; adjective v蓹r藞m瑟k y蓹 l瑟t, -藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ver路mic路u路lat路ed, ver路mic路u路lat路ing.
to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
adjective Also ver路mic路u路lat路ed [ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid]. /v蓹r藞m瑟k y蓹藢le瑟 t瑟d/.
worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
sinuous; tortuous; intricate: vermiculate thought processes.
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Origin of vermiculate

First recorded in 1595鈥1605, vermiculate is from the Latin word vermicul膩tus (past participle of vermicul膩r墨 to be worm-eaten). See vermicule, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM vermiculate

ver路mic路u路la路tion, nounun路ver路mic路u路lat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vermiculate

vermiculate

verb (v蓽藧藞m瑟kj蕣藢le瑟t)
(tr) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings
adjective (v蓽藧藞m瑟kj蕣l瑟t, -藢le瑟t)
vermicular; sinuous
worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
(of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous

Word Origin for vermiculate

C17: from Latin vermicul膩tus in the form of worms, from vermis worm
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