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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 of vermin
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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  • He was old, in poor condition, and his insides were swarming with vermin.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • Most humiliating of all was the inevitable plague of vermin.

  • She had seen that jail—a dark and dirty place full of vermin.

    The Silent Alarm Roy J. Snell
  • And when the rubbish is alive, if it be but vermin, I cannot slack to feel compassion for it.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Immediately I begin to feel myself attacked by vermin from all directions.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
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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