[ 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM verminatever·mi·na·tion, noun
Words nearby verminate
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