Vermin

Definition of Vermin

Ver´min
n. sing. &1.An animal, in general.
Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and vermin, and worms, and fowls.
- Acts x. 12. (Geneva Bible).
This crocodile is a mischievous fourfooted beast, a dangerous vermin, used to both elements.
- Holland.
2.A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, flies, lice, bugs, etc.
Great injuries these vermin, mice and rats, do in the field.
- Mortimer.
They disdain such vermin when the mighty boar of the forest . . . is before them.
- Burke.
3.Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.
You are my prisoners, base vermin.
- Hudibras.

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amphibian, animal, aquatic, beast, biped, canine, cannibal, carnivore, cattle, chaff, cosmopolite, cur, dog, dregs, dregs of society, feline, gnawer, herbivore, hound, hyena, insect, insectivore, invertebrate, mammal, mammalian, marsupial, marsupialian, mongrel, offscourings, offscum, omnivore, pig, polecat, primate, quadruped, raff, reptile, riffraff, rodent, rubbish, ruminant, scavenger, scum, serpent, skunk, snake, sordes, swine, swinish multitude, trash, ungulate, varmint, vertebrate, viper, whelp, worm
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