blindworm

blindworm

[blahynd-wurm]
noun
1.
a limbless European lizard, Anguis fragilis, related to the glass lizards.
2.
a caecilian, Ichthyophis glutinosus, of Sri Lanka, that coils around its eggs.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see blind, worm; so called because the eyes are very small

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blindworm (ˈblaɪndˌwɜːm)
 
n
another name for slowworm

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blindworm

a legless lizard of the family Anguidae. It lives in grassy areas and open woodlands from Great Britain and Europe eastward to the Urals and Caspian Sea. Adults reach 40 to 45 cm (16 to 18 inches) in body length, but the tail can be up to two times the length from snout to vent. External limbs and girdles are absent, and only a remnant of the pelvic girdle persists internally. Its elongated body form, combined with an absence of limbs, gives the slowworm its snakelike appearance. Unlike snakes, however, slowworms have ear openings and eyelids.

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