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vermin

[vur-min] /ˈvɜr mɪn/
noun, plural vermin.
1.
noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, bedbugs, cockroaches, mice, and rats.
2.
an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.
3.
animals that prey upon game, as coyotes or weasels.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vermyne < Anglo-French, Middle French vermin, vermine < Vulgar Latin *verminum, *vermina, based on Latin vermin-; see verminate
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  • Her bones had been gnawed by animals, and the remaining bits of unwanted flesh and clothing were scattered by storms and vermin.
  • It's also important to clean up dead insects or dead vermin, which can be a source of food for vermin.
  • The primary line of defense against mice and other vermin is to prevent them from getting in in the first place.
  • It often stinks, attracts vermin and creates eyesores.
  • Bury food scraps within the pile to decrease odor and likelihood of vermin.
  • In many cultures today, dogs are not seen as friends but as vermin.
  • For years, they were considered vermin in their own land, hunted almost to extinction.
  • Some of them are thought of as vermin and are killed off by humans.
  • But not from the disgusted, vermin approach, but rather curiosity.
  • The concern is that the dairy products rapidly decompose and emit odors that bring vermin scurrying to tear up your compost pile.
British Dictionary definitions for vermin

vermin

/ˈvɜːmɪn/
noun
1.
(functioning as pl) small animals collectively, esp insects and rodents, that are troublesome to man, domestic animals, etc
2.
(pl) -min. an unpleasant, obnoxious, or dangerous person
Word Origin
C13: from Old French vermine, from Latin vermis a worm
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Word Origin and History for vermin
n.

c.1300, "noxious animals," from Anglo-French and Old French vermin, from Vulgar Latin *verminum "vermin," possibly including bothersome insects, collective noun formed from Latin vermis "worm" (see worm). Extended to "low, obnoxious people" by 1560s.

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vermin in Medicine

vermin ver·min (vûr'mĭn)
n. pl. vermin
Any of various small animals or insects, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.

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