vermin
noun (plural vermin) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French vermin, vermine, from verm worm, from Latin vermis Date: 14th century 1. a. small common harmful or objectionable animals (as lice or fleas) that are difficult to control b. birds and mammals that prey on game c. animals that at a particular time and place compete (as for food) with humans or domestic animals 2. an offensive person

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