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adjective ver·mic·u·lar \(ˌ)vər-ˈmi-kyə-lər\

Definition of vermicular

  1. 1 a :  resembling a worm in form or motion b :  vermiculate

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or caused by worms

Did You Know?

What does the word vermicular have in common with the pasta on your plate? If you're eating vermicelli (a spaghetti-like pasta made in long thin strings) the answer is "vermis," a Latin noun meaning "worm." If you dig deep enough, you'll find that "vermis" is the root underlying not only "vermicular" and "vermicelli," but also "vermiculate" (which can mean either "full of worms" or "tortuous") and even "worm" itself.

Origin of vermicular

New Latin vermicularis, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis

First Known Use: 1672

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to manage or play awkwardly

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