vermiculate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vermiculate decorated with wormlike tracery or markings "vermicular (or vermiculated) stonework"
    • adj vermiculate infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms
    • v vermiculate decorate with wavy or winding lines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vermiculate Crawling or creeping like a worm; hence, insinuating; sophistical. "Vermiculate questions.""Vermiculate logic."
    • v. t Vermiculate To form or work, as by inlaying, with irregular lines or impressions resembling the tracks of worms, or appearing as if formed by the motion of worms.
    • Vermiculate Wormlike in shape; covered with wormlike elevations; marked with irregular fine lines of color, or with irregular wavy impressed lines like worm tracks; as, a vermiculate nut.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vermiculate To become full of worms; be eaten by worms.
    • vermiculate To ornament with winding and waving lines, as if caused by the movement of worms.
    • vermiculate In zoöl.: Forming a vermiculation; fine, close-set, and wavy or tortuous, as color-marks; vermicular: as, vermiculate color-markings.
    • vermiculate In entomology: Marked with tortuous impressions, as if worm-eaten, as the elytra of certain beetles; vermiculated. Having thick-set tufts of parallel hairs.
    • vermiculate Full of worms; infested with worms; worm-eaten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vermiculate pertaining to or like a worm (esp. in its motion): inlaid or formed so as to imitate the track of worms: crawling like a worm
    • v.t Vermiculate to form inlaid work which resembles the motion or track of worms
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vermiculatus, inlaid so as to resemble the tracks of worms, p. p. of vermiculari, to be full of worms, vermiculus, a little worm. See Vermicular
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vermis, a worm.

Usage

In literature:

Young dark-coloured, with vermiculated marks on the chin, chest, and abdomen.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
This species, in summer, is more grayish than the Rock Ptarmigan, and is very finely vermiculated with blackish.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Most of the specimens are faded, discolored, and do not have distinct brown vermiculations on the thighs.
"The Systematics of the Frogs of the Hyla Rubra Group in Middle America" by Juan R. León
It is ashy grey in colour, barred and vermiculated with black.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
Much paler and more heavily vermiculated above than No.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
XIII., Zygote in the motile stage (vermicule or ookinete).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
The upper side of the tail is vermiculated with whitish and the underside of the tail is black.
"An Annotated Check List of the Mammals of Michoacán, México" by Bernardo Villa R.
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In poetry:

Why, cut it off, piece after piece,
And throw the tough cortex away,
And when you've marvelled on the wars
That wove their interior smoke its way,
Tear out the close vermiculate crease
Where death crawled angrily at bay.
"Homily" by Allen Tate