[verb ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adjective ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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
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Historical Examples of vermiculation
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
adjective (vɜːˈmɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
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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Motion resembling that of a worm, especially the wavelike contractions of the intestine; peristalsis.
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