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Vermin is a term applied to various species regarded as pests or nuisances, and especially to those associated with the carrying of disease. Since the term is defined in relation to human activities, which species are included will vary from area to area and even person to person. The term itself derives from the Latin vermis, meaning worm, and originally had reference to the vermiform larvae of certain insects, many of which infest foodstuffs.[1] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (from wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Vermin is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Young wild rabbit photographed in the Midwestern U.S. Copyright 1995 Steven J. Dunlop, Nerstrand, MN, USA. Released under the GFDL; all other rights reserved. ... Young wild rabbit photographed in the Midwestern U.S. Copyright 1995 Steven J. Dunlop, Nerstrand, MN, USA. Released under the GFDL; all other rights reserved. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 583 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 583 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Beetle larvae damaging a specimen of Sceliphron destillatorius in an entomological collection A pest is an organism which has characteristics that are regarded as injurious or unwanted. ... The term disease refers to an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs function. ... Vermiform is an adjective meaning worm-like. ... Larvae are the plural of larva, juvenile form of animals with indirect development. ...


Disease-carrying rodents and insects are the usual case but the term is also applied to larger animals, on the basis that they exist out of balance with a desired environment, consuming excessive resources. Pigeons, which have been widely introduced in urban environments, may be considered vermin, or, pejoratively, "flying rats." Some varieties of snake are also referred to as vermin from time to time. Families Many, see text The order Rodentia is the most numerous of all the branches on the mammal family tree. ... Orders Subclass Apterygota Symphypleona - globular springtails Subclass Archaeognatha (jumping bristletails) Subclass Dicondylia Monura - extinct Thysanura (common bristletails) Subclass Pterygota Diaphanopteroidea - extinct Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass Neoptera Blattodea (cockroaches) Mantodea (mantids) Isoptera (termites) Zoraptera Grylloblattodea Dermaptera (earwigs) Plecoptera (stoneflies) Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets... A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ... Rainforest on Fatu-Hiva, Marquesas Islands Natural resources are naturally occurring substances that are considered valuable in their relatively unmodified (natural) form. ... Binomial name Columba livia Gmelin, 1789 The Rock Dove (Columba livia), or feral pigeon, is a member of the bird family Columbidae, doves and pigeons. ...


The term is also used as an extremely pejorative characterization of a particular class or group of people as inferior and subhuman, and often considered social parasites. Application of the term can be wide, having been applied over the centuries in different languages, to various groups, and its use is usually based on a perception that the target group's views are "disease-like," or that such groups exist out of sociological balance with the common society. Social class refers to the hierarchical distinctions between individuals or groups in societies or cultures. ... An ethnic group or ethnicity is a population of human beings whose members identify with each other, usually on the basis of a presumed common genealogy or ancestry (Smith 1987). ... ←Dehumanization is a process by which members of a group of people assert the inferiority of another group through subtle or overt acts or statements. ... The Nazi propaganda poster titled New People reads: This person suffering from hereditary defects costs the people 60,000 Reichmarks during his lifetime. ... In psychology and the cognitive sciences, perception is the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Spelling distinction

"Varmint" is an American colloquialism which describes farm pests which raid farms as opposed to infest farms: mainly predators such as foxes and coyotes, sometimes even wolves; but also (to a lesser degree) herbivores and burrowing animals which directly damage crops and land. While this is not a very important term in general semantics, it takes on special significance when discussing weapons such as in the case of the term "varmint guns". A colloquialism is an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ... Varmint rifle is an American English term for a relatively small-caliber firearm (or even a high-powered air gun) primarily used for hunting varmints—such as coyotes and smaller. ...


Deterioration of balance

Introduced species can develop into vermin in the regions where they were introduced if they find favourable living conditions, and if they face few or no natural enemies there. One of the most obvious cases of this occurred in New Zealand with introduction of the rodent species (rattus rodentiatallis). In such cases, humans often choose to fill the role of the predator to limit the danger to the environment. A prime example of vermin is goats on the Gal├ípagos Islands. Rats, mice, and cockroaches are common urban and suburban vermin. This snapping turtle is trying to make a meal of a Canada goose, but the goose is too wary. ... Species See Species and subspecies The goat is a mammal in the genus Capra, which consists of nine species: the Ibex, the West Caucasian Tur, the East Caucasian Tur, the Markhor, and the Wild Goat. ... Orthographic projection centred over the Galápagos. ... Species 50 species; see text *Several subfamilies of Muroids include animals called rats. ...


Notes

  1. ^ entry for vermin. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Britannica Publishing. Retrieved on December 13, 2006.
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Vermin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (341 words)
Vermin is a pejorative word given to animals which are considered by users of the word to be pests or nuisances, most associated with the carrying of disease.
The term is also used as an extremely pejorative characterization of a particular class or group of people as inferior and subhuman, and often considered social parasites.
A prime example of vermin is goats on the Galápagos Islands.
Vermin (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (484 words)
Vermin is not a typical villain in that he is usually a pawn controlled by a super villain and with the intellect of a child would probably never be a threat to anyone were it not for the ease with which he is manipulated.
Vermin has the ability to control rats and stray dogs within a two mile radius of his person.
As Vermin, his intellect is reduced to a child-like (yet cunning) level and he suffers from paranoid delusions.
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