verb (used with object), ver·mic·u·lat·ed, ver·mic·u·lat·ing.

  1. to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.

adjective Also ver·mic·u·lat·ed [ver-mik-yuh-ley-tid] /vərˈmɪk yəˌleɪ tɪd/.

  1. worm-eaten, or appearing as if worm-eaten.
  2. vermicular.
  3. sinuous; tortuous; intricate: vermiculate thought processes.


  1. physiol any wormlike movement, esp of the intestines; peristalsis
  2. decoration consisting of wormlike carving or marks
  3. the state of being worm-eaten

verb (vɜːˈmɪkjʊˌleɪt)

  1. (tr) to decorate with wavy or wormlike tracery or markings

adjective (vɜːˈmɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

  1. vermicular; sinuous
  2. worm-eaten or appearing as if worm-eaten
  3. (of thoughts, etc) insinuating; subtly tortuous


  1. Motion resembling that of a worm, especially the wavelike contractions of the intestine; peristalsis.

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