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1Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform.
2Of, denoting, or caused by intestinal worms.
3Marked with close wavy lines.
- ‘Perthitic textures are found throughout the rock along with myrmekitic textures, an intergrowth of plagioclase feldspar and vermicular quartz.’
- ‘Perhaps the rocks were there of their own volition and had some unknowable plan which required gathering by a vermicular river in the middle of nowhere.’
- ‘A new iron contains fine vermicular graphite similar but finer than undercooled graphite.’
Late 17th century: from medieval Latin vermicularis, from Latin vermiculus, diminutive of vermis worm.
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