vermicular

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vermicular decorated with wormlike tracery or markings "vermicular (or vermiculated) stonework"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vermicular Of or pertaining to a worm or worms; resembling a worm; shaped like a worm; especially, resembling the motion or track of a worm; as, the vermicular, or peristaltic, motion of the intestines. See Peristaltic. "A twisted form vermicular ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vermicular Noting limestone, sandstone, or shale rocks from which minerals have been dissolved leaving round holes or cavities which give the rock the appearance of having been worm-eaten.
    • vermicular Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
    • vermicular Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate: as, vermicular erosions.
    • vermicular Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
    • vermicular In botany, shaped like a worm; thick, and almost cylindrical, but bent in different places, as some roots
    • vermicular A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks. See rustic work, under rustic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vermicular 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
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vermiculus, a little worm, dim. of vermis, a worm: cf. F. vermiculaire,. See Vermicelli
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vermis, a worm.

Usage

In literature:

Vermicular contractions of the small intestines could be seen at the distance of ten feet.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Looked down upon, their motion seems peristaltic and vermicular, like that of three caterpillars.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
It is this vermicular insignificance of the gossip that makes his detection so difficult, and gives him his security.
"Vanishing Roads and Other Essays" by Richard Le Gallienne
The worm of workers passes three days in the egg, five in the vermicular state, and then the bees close up its cell with a wax covering.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
This is called the peristaltic, or vermicular motion.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
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In news:

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