Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the shape of a worm; vermiform.
  • adjective Having wavy markings shaped like worms; vermiculate.
  • adjective Moving like a worm.
  • adjective Caused by or relating to worms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate: as, vermicular erosions.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • In botany, shaped like a worm; thick, and almost cylindrical, but bent in different places, as some roots
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks. See rustic work, under rustic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a worm or worms; resembling a worm; shaped like a worm; especially, resembling the motion or track of a worm. See peristaltic.
  • adjective See under Vermiculated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or having the form of a worm; vermiculate

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective decorated with wormlike tracery or markings

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

Examples

  • This may readily be seen in the muscular action of the intestines, called vermicular motion.

    A Practical Physiology

  • It has hence been called vermicular, or _wormlike motion_.

    Popular Education For the use of Parents and Teachers, and for Young Persons of Both Sexes

  • By the time I had added an ordinary typewriter table to its scanty furnishing, I was hard put to turn around; at the best, I managed to navigate it by a sort of vermicular progression requiring great dexterity and presence of mind.

    MY LODGING AND SOME OTHERS

  • Mush-on! you Siwashes! he cried, attempting, in a vermicular way, to kick at them, and discovering himself to be tottering on the edge of a declivity.

    THE MAN WITH THE GASH

  • Words I'm surprised Word do know: vermicular, ETA holmgang

    All the cool kids are doing it--

  • Later on, after the solstitial pause for refleshmeant, the same man (or a different and younger him of the same ham) asked in the vermicular with a very oggly chew-chin-grin: Was six vic-tolios fifteen pigeon takee offa you, tell he me, stlongfella, by picky-pocky ten to foul months behindaside?

    Finnegans Wake

  • They led him to the back, up a vermicular staircase, past a tinkling fountain, to the girl's room.

    The Shell Collector : Stories

  • They led him to the back, up a vermicular staircase, past a tinkling fountain, to the girl's room.

    The Shell Collector : Stories

  • They led him to the back, up a vermicular staircase, past a tinkling fountain, to the girl's room.

    The Shell Collector : Stories

  • Every pace or two he would hesitate as if to change his direction or even reverse it; his gait was described by a friend as “vermicular.”

    The Worldly Philosophers

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  • In the corporate maze reticular
    Avoid the swagger in particular.
    Be not bold nor antic
    But sweetly sycophantic
    And practice the wriggle vermicular.

    September 17, 2014