capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Vermetidae) of marine gastropod mollusks having when young regularly spiral shells and being free to creep about and later becoming permanently attached to an object and developing separate whorls often irregularly bent and contorted like a worm tube
plural -es : vermetid

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, Latinization of French vermet, probably after Middle French vermet "small worm," going back to Old French, from verm "worm" (going back to Latin vermis) + -et -et

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“Vermetus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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