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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 blindworm

Historical Examples of blindworm

  • The blindworm then, is Saurophidian; it is quite as much a lizard as a snake.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851.


  • The first snake, the Blindworm, is not a snake, nor yet a worm.

  • I occasionally saw a snake, but always of the harmless, blindworm variety.


    E. R. Suffling

  • It bears some resemblance to the blindworm of England, feeds on much the same diet, and has similar habits.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • But the blindworm, or slowworm, as this creature is called, is perfectly harmless.

British Dictionary definitions for blindworm


  1. another name for slowworm
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