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  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.
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Origin of blindworm

1425–75; late Middle English; see blind, worm; so called because the eyes are very small
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Examples from the Web for blind-worm

Historical Examples of blind-worm

  • The common English blind-worm breaks to pieces in a similar manner.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The slow-worm or blind-worm is often mistaken for the snake.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • The blind-worm (which is not a snake), so common on many of our English heaths, is often met with.

    The Story of the Hills

    H. N. Hutchinson

  • God made the blind-worm and the mole, and each has its place.

  • Up to the hour of condemnation, he remained reckless as the wind—unrepenting as the flint—venomous as the blind-worm.

British Dictionary definitions for blind-worm


  1. another name for slowworm
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