vermiculate

vermiculate

[v. ver-mik-yuh-leyt; adj. ver-mik-yuh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), vermiculated, vermiculating.
1.
to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
adjective Also, vermiculated [ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid] .
2.
worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
4.
sinuous; tortuous; intricate: vermiculate thought processes.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin vermiculātus (past participle of vermiculārī to be worm-eaten). See vermicule, -ate1

vermiculation, noun
unvermiculated, adjective
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vermiculate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings
 
adj
2.  vermicular; sinuous
3.  worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
4.  (of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous
 
[C17: from Latin vermiculātus in the form of worms, from vermis worm]

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