- to become infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin.
- Archaic. to breed or infest with vermin.
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
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- the spreading of or infestation with vermin
- The production or breeding of worms or larvae.
- Infestation by vermin, especially parasitic vermin.
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