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." It is also the source of vermin and worm, both of which in their earliest usage referred, despite their vermicular etymology, to any creeping or crawling creature, including wingless insects and reptiles.

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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, 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 11 Aug. 2022.

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