vermicompost

noun

ver·​mi·​com·​post ˌvər-mə-ˈkäm-ˌpōst How to pronounce vermicompost (audio)
: compost that is composed primarily of worm castings and decaying organic matter and that is produced through the practice of vermicomposting
A worm bin is a small-scale composting container that can be maintained indoors to transform your smaller kitchen scraps into vermicompost—one of the best soil amendments.Rachel Kaplan
New research suggests that the product … a worm-created soil additive called vermicompost, offers an array of benefits for plants—helping them grow with more vigor, and making them more resistant to disease and insects, than those grown with other types of composts and fertilizers.Jim Robbins

Examples of vermicompost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is further aided by vermicompost, a natural fertilizer produced by red wiggler worms that chomp down on food waste and other organic material. Miriam Fauzia, Discover Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Her daughter, Bash, recently started sharing her indoor vermicompost (worm composting) journey on Instagram and TikTok. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2023 Apply an inch or two of compost or vermicompost to the surface of all of your containers and on your garden beds. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

vermi- + compost entry 1

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermicompost was in 1979

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“Vermicompost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vermicompost. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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