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[sloh-wurm] /ˈsloʊˌwɜrm/
blindworm (def 2).
Origin of slowworm
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They are wrong; and they must be told that they are wrong, and scolded if they kill a slowworm.

    Madam How and Lady Why Charles Kingsley
  • But the blindworm, or slowworm, as this creature is called, is perfectly harmless.

  • A silvery creature like a slowworm came crawling out from among them, slowly crossed the clay floor, and crept into the fire.

    Lilith George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for slowworm


a Eurasian legless lizard, Anguis fragilis, with a brownish-grey snakelike body: family Anguidae Also called blindworm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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