verminate

[ vur-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈvɜr məˌneɪt /

verb (used without object), ver·mi·nat·ed, ver·mi·nat·ing.

to become infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin.
Archaic. to breed or infest with vermin.

Nearby words

  1. vermilion,
  2. vermilion border,
  3. vermilion rockfish,
  4. vermilionectomy,
  5. vermin,
  6. vermination,
  7. verminous,
  8. verminously,
  9. vermis,
  10. vermivorous

Origin of verminate

1685–95; < Latin verminātus, past participle of vermināre to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains, equivalent to vermin(a) racking pain + -ātus -ate1; dual sense of vermināre by association with vermis worm, maggot, vermin- being taken, perhaps erroneously, as an extended stem of this word

Related formsver·mi·na·tion, noun

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