[ blahynd-wurm ]

  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.

Origin of blindworm

1425–75; late Middle English; see blind, worm; so called because the eyes are very small

Words Nearby blindworm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use blindworm in a sentence

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

    Jethou | E. R. Suffling
  • When it is suddenly startled the blindworm sometimes behaves in a very odd way.

  • It is because she dares not go to sleep on account of the blindworm, who is waiting to catch her with her eyes closed.

    The Curious Book of Birds | Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Once upon a time, when the world was very new, the blindworm was not quite blind, but had one good eye.

    The Curious Book of Birds | Abbie Farwell Brown
  • And the blindworm was not sad like the others, neither seemed he to care in the least about the Nightingale's music.

    The Curious Book of Birds | Abbie Farwell Brown

British Dictionary definitions for blindworm


/ (ˈblaɪndˌwɜːm) /

  1. another name for slowworm

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