verb (used without object), verminated, verminating.
to become infested with vermin, especially parasitic vermin.
Archaic. to breed or infest with vermin.
Origin: 1685–95; Related forms
< Latin verminātus,
past participle of vermināre
to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains, equivalent to vermin
) racking pain + -ātus -ate1
; dual sense of vermināre
by association with vermis
worm, maggot, vermin-
being taken, perhaps erroneously, as an extended stem of this word