ver·​mi·​cul·​ture ˈvər-mə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce vermiculture (audio)
: the cultivation of annelid worms (such as red worms or bloodworms) especially for use as bait or in vermicomposting
Many schools, nature centers and fishing bait farmers, though, enjoy raising worms in bins. … Raising worms for bait, compost or houseplant fertilizer even has a fancy name—vermiculture (vermis means "worm" in Latin)Kathy Gilbert
Vermiculture, or the raising of earthworms, is a worthwhile endeavor in its own right. Worms can be raised in anything from a shallow box to massive in-ground pits.Rhonda Massingham Hart

Examples of vermiculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the nonprofit assumes control, the organization will oversee the creation of a farming training program for people of color and socially marginalized groups, with hopes of harnessing the environmental benefits of rabbitry and vermiculture composting. Brennon Dixsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2023 Workshops for students of all ages teach basic plant care, plant nutrition, composting and vermiculture -- gardening and composting with worms. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, 12 Apr. 2018 Topics include: perennial flowers, improving garden soil, pruning raspberries, vermiculture, composting, vegetable garden planning, culinary herbs, growing roses, more. idahostatesman, 14 Feb. 2018

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Word History


vermi- + culture entry 1

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermiculture was in 1884

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“Vermiculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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