[see-sil-ee-uh n]


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


pertaining to or characteristic of a caecilian.

Origin of caecilian

1875–80; < Latin caecili(a) blindworm + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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