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ver|mic|u|late
ver|mic|u|late «adjective. vur MIHK yuh layt, -liht; verb. vur MIHK yuh layt», adjective, verb, -lat|ed, -lat|ing.
–adj.
1. vermicular; sinuous: »

Figurative. Subtile, idle, unwholesome, and, (as I may term them) vermiculate questions (Francis Bacon).

2. having tortuous excavations as if eaten by worms.
–v.t.
to ornament with winding and waving lines like the track of a worm.
–v.i.
to become worm-eaten.
[< Latin vermiculārī (with English -ate1) < vermiculus (diminutive) < vermis worm]

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