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glass lizard

any limbless, snakelike lizard of the genus Ophisaurus, inhabiting the eastern U.S., Europe, and Asia, having external ear openings and the ability to regenerate its long, fragile tail.
Also called glass snake. Unabridged
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  • There is, of course, a small basis of fact in the superstition of the glass snake.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • glass snake” is the name which has been given to a lizard resembling a serpent in form and reaching a length of three feet.

  • A glass snake (ophisaurus ventralis) approached too near us, and was captured.

British Dictionary definitions for glass snake

glass snake

any snakelike lizard of the genus Ophisaurus, of Europe, Asia, and North America, with vestigial hind limbs and a tail that breaks off easily: family Anguidae
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