One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]usually as adjective verminating
Breed or become infested with vermin.‘their average beehive hut is a verminating hole’
- ‘And his place would not have been in the verminated prison cells of Kershele at such an advanced age.’
- ‘He just never was much interested in the ratting and verminating like I was.’
- ‘The rest of the set verminated the fabric of my life.’
- ‘In fact, he's done more for verminating our house than an ‘open inspection’ of landlords.’
Late 17th century: from Latin verminat- ‘full of worms’, from the verb verminare, from vermis ‘worm’.
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