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

  • adj. Having the shape or motion of a worm.
  • adj. Having wormlike markings; vermiculate.
  • adj. Caused by or relating to worms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. decorated with wormlike tracery or markings


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

Medieval Latin vermiculāris, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis, worm; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.



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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