(?), n. sing. & pl.; used chiefly as plural. [OE. vermine, F. vermine, from L. vermis a worm; cf. LL. vermen a worm, L. verminosus full of worms. See Vermicular, Worm.] 1. An animal, in general. [Obs.]
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Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and vermin, and worms, and fowls.
Acts x. 12. (Geneva Bible).
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This crocodile is a mischievous fourfooted beast, a dangerous vermin, used to both elements.
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2. A noxious or mischievous animal; especially, noxious little animals or insects, collectively, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, flies, lice, bugs, etc. "Cruel hounds or some foul vermin." Chaucer.
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Great injuries these vermin, mice and rats, do in the field.
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They disdain such vermin when the mighty boar of the forest . . . is before them.
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3. Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.
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You are my prisoners, base vermin.
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