from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling or having the long, thin, cylindrical shape of a worm.
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- adj. In the shape of a worm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Resembling a worm in form or motions; vermicular.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wormlike in form: shaped like a worm; vermicular.
- Related to a worm in structure; allied or belonging to the Vermes; vermian; helminthic; annuloid or annulose.
- Specifically, in entomology: Noting any maggot or maggot like larva, as those of most Hymenoptera and Diptera. Noting certain worm-like polyphagous larvæ;, with only rudimentary antennæ, and apodous or with very short legs like tubercles, as those of most weevils and longicorns.
- The vermis of the cerebellum.
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- adj. resembling a worm; long and thin and cylindrical
With respect to the alimentary canal, I have met with an account of only a single rudiment, namely the vermiform appendage of the caecum.
The appendix is also called the vermiform appendix because of its wormlike (vermiform) shape.
The skin of fruit should never be eaten, nor should the stones, pips, or seeds be swallowed, as there is a danger of their accumulating in a small pouch of the bowel known as the vermiform appendix.
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The Colorado River is our great resource and unless we conserve it and get the maximum benefit from it, we can depend upon becoming a sort of vermiform appendix to Los Angeles, instead of becoming one of the great empire states of this nation.
Also, the vermiform constellation Draco, which traditionally occupies the polar position in the heavens of the northern hemisphere, encircles the center of a late quattrocento tapestry depicting the heavens as a wheel of fortune and an enormous astrolabe.
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That complicates the analysis, so they actually did two: one that used the strict definition and excluded some cases, and one that used a broader definition that included every species that had something vaguely vermiform dangling off the appropriate region of the gut.
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