caecilian

[ see-sil-ee-uh n ]
/ siˈsɪl i ən /

noun

Also called blindworm. a legless, wormlike tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona (formerly Apoda), spending most of its life underground and usually almost blind.

adjective

pertaining to or characteristic of a caecilian.

Nearby words

  1. cadwalader,
  2. cadwallader,
  3. cady,
  4. cae,
  5. cae-,
  6. caecum,
  7. caelian,
  8. caelum,
  9. caen,
  10. caen stone

Origin of caecilian

1875–80; < Latin caecili(a) blindworm + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for caecilian

caecilian

/ (siːˈsɪlɪən) /

noun

any tropical limbless cylindrical amphibian of the order Apoda (or Gymnophiona), resembling earthworms and inhabiting moist soil

Word Origin for caecilian

C19: from Latin caecilia a kind of lizard, from caecus blind

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