Meaning of "worn" in the context below

So quiet did it seem and so lonely, that almost one might think that nothing but the wild red deer, or his fierce enemy the slinking wolf, had ever walked this way since the beginning of the world. There was a little path worn among the thick bushes of hazel, dogberry, and traveler's joy, but so narrow was it and so faint that it could well have been worn by the slender, fleeting feet of the doe, or even by the hares and rabbits which had their home in a great bank among the roots of a beech nearby.

Is it an adjective? And does it mean: ragged?

Source: The Merry adventures of Rabin Hood.

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This word has multiple meanings, the above is the following:

There was a little path worn... - [adjective] an object which has been damaged because of continuous use. -Cambridge Dictionary

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    It seems worth mentioning that worn is the past participle of the verb to wear. In "it could well have been worn..." it is used as a verb in the passive voice.
    – TypeIA
    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:11
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    Also in this context the meaning is not damaged. It means the path was created by frequent travel. Enough people or animals walked that way, trampling the grass or undergrowth, to generate or wear a path.
    – TypeIA
    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:13

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