Webster 1913 Edition
; used chiefly as plural.
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.
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.”
Great injuries these
vermin, mice and rats, do in the field.
They disdain such
verminwhen the mighty boar of the forest . . . is before them.
Hence, in contempt, noxious human beings.
You are my prisoners, base
Webster 1828 Edition
1.All sorts of small animals which are destructive to grain or other produce; all noxious little animals or insects, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, grubs, flies, &c.
These vermin do great injuries in the field.
2.Used of noxious human beings in contempt; as base vermin.