vermin

Part of speech: noun

A troublesome small animal, as a rat, mouse, roach, etc., or such animals collectively.

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Usage examples "vermin":

  1. Then down they came upon Tortuga, and now it was the turn of the Spanish to be hunted off the island like vermin, and the turn of the French to shout their victory. - "Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates", Howard I. Pyle.
  2. Another physician of standing and repute, Dr. Markierez, who made an investigation of the sweating district, in connection with a commission from the advisory board of the operative tailors of Boston, in August, 1889, states that the section of New York City in which the tenement- house system of clothing manufacture is carried on, is filthy and infested with vermin; and he further affirms that the sanitary condition of these tenement houses is so low that the death rate is frightful and almost beyond comprehension. - "White Slaves", Louis A Banks.
  3. The pilgrims howled with fright, and during the voyage twenty- three died of privation, vermin, hunger and thirst. - "The Life of Sir Richard Burton", Thomas Wright.