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slowworm

[sloh-wurm] /ˈsloʊˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
blindworm (def 2).
Origin
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for slowworm

slowworm

/ˈsləʊˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
a Eurasian legless lizard, Anguis fragilis, with a brownish-grey snakelike body: family Anguidae Also called blindworm
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Encyclopedia Article for slowworm

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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