slow-worm

slowworm

[sloh-wurm]
noun
blindworm ( def 2 ).

Origin:
before 900; slow + worm; replacing Middle English slowerm, slowurme, Old English slāwerm, slāwyrm, equivalent to slā- (compare dialectal Swedish slo, Norwegian slō slowworm) + wyrm worm

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slowworm (ˈsləʊˌwɜːm)
 
n
Also called: blindworm a Eurasian legless lizard, Anguis fragilis, with a brownish-grey snakelike body: family Anguidae

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