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1. Having the shape of a worm; vermiform.
2. Having wavy markings shaped like worms; vermiculate.
3. Moving like a worm.
4. Caused by or relating to worms.

[Medieval Latin vermiculāris, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis, worm; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

ver·mic′u·lar·ly adv.


1. resembling the form, markings, motion, or tracks of worms
2. (Zoology) of or relating to worms or wormlike animals
[C17: from Medieval Latin vermiculāris, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis worm]
verˈmicularly adv


(vərˈmɪk yə lər)

1. of, pertaining to, or done by worms.
2. consisting of or characterized by sinuous or wavy outlines, tunnels, or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
[1645–55; < Medieval Latin vermiculāris, derivative of Latin vermicul(us) larva, maggot]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vermicular - decorated with wormlike tracery or markingsvermicular - decorated with wormlike tracery or markings; "vermicular (or vermiculated) stonework"
fancy - not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
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