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

Definition of vermicular

  1. 1a :  resembling a worm in form or motionb :  vermiculate

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

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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 and Etymology of vermicular

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

First Known Use: 1672

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