vermiculate

[ verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪt; adjective vərˈmɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), ver·mic·u·lat·ed, ver·mic·u·lat·ing.

to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.

adjective Also ver·mic·u·lat·ed [ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid] /vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪ tɪd/.

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 formsver·mic·u·la·tion, nounun·ver·mic·u·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vermiculation (1 of 2)

vermiculation

/ (vɜːˌmɪkjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun

physiol any wormlike movement, esp of the intestines; peristalsis
decoration consisting of wormlike carving or marks
the state of being worm-eaten

British Dictionary definitions for vermiculation (2 of 2)

vermiculate


verb (vɜːˈmɪkjʊˌleɪt)

(tr) 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 for vermiculate

C17: from Latin vermiculātus in the form of worms, from vermis worm
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Medicine definitions for vermiculation

vermiculation

[ vər-mĭk′yə-lāshən ]

n.

Motion resembling that of a worm, especially the wavelike contractions of the intestine; peristalsis.
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