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caecilian

[ see-sil-ee-uhn ]
/ siˈsɪl i ən /
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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.

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Origin of caecilian

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

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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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