vermiculation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vermiculation a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings
    • n vermiculation the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vermiculation (Zoöl) A very fine wavy crosswise color marking, or a patch of such markings, as on the feathers of birds.
    • Vermiculation Penetration by worms; the state of being wormeaten.
    • Vermiculation The act of vermiculating, or forming or inlaying so as to resemble the motion, track, or work of a worm.
    • Vermiculation The act or operation of moving in the manner of a worm; continuation of motion from one part to another; as, the vermiculation, or peristaltic motion, of the intestines.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vermiculation A color-marking of fine, wavy lines: a term frequently used in describing the plumage of birds.
    • n vermiculation The action or movement of a worm; hence, a continuous or progressive motion along the bowels, which is strikingly like the action of successive joints of a worm in crawling; peristaltic action.
    • n vermiculation Formation of worm-like figures or tracery; vermicular ornamentation, whether of form or of color; a set or system of vermiculate lines. See cuts under rustic and vermicular.
    • n vermiculation The act or art of producing vermiculated ornament.
    • n vermiculation Worminess; the state of being wormy or worm-eaten, literally or figuratively.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vermiculatio, a being worm-eaten

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