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vermin

[ vur-min ]
/ ˈvɜr mɪn /
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Definition of vermin

noun, plural ver·min.
noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, and rats.
an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.
animals that prey upon game, as coyotes or weasels.

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Origin of vermin

1300–50; Middle English vermyne<Anglo-French, Middle French vermin, vermine<Vulgar Latin *verminum,*vermina, based on Latin vermin-;see verminate
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British Dictionary definitions for vermin

vermin
/ (ˈvɜːmɪn) /

noun
(functioning as plural) small animals collectively, esp insects and rodents, that are troublesome to man, domestic animals, etc
plural -min an unpleasant, obnoxious, or dangerous person

Word Origin for vermin

C13: from Old French vermine, from Latin vermis a worm
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Medical definitions for vermin

vermin
[ vûrmĭn ]

n. pl. vermin
Any of various small animals or insects, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.
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