ver·​mic·​u·​lar | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈmi-kyə-lər How to pronounce vermicular (audio) \

Definition of vermicular

1a : resembling a worm in form or motion
2 : of, relating to, or caused by worms

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Eventually Sam turned to wiser sources for contemplations about the nature of human (or vermicular) existence. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Mother and Son Search for Zen in Kyoto," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vermicular

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vermicular

borrowed from Medieval Latin vermiculāris, from Latin vermiculus "insect larva, grub" (from vermis "worm" + -culus, diminutive suffix) + -āris -ar — more at worm entry 1

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“Vermicular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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