Thunderworm
Thunderworm Thun"der*worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) A small, footless, burrowing, snakelike lizard ({Rhineura Floridana}) allied to Amphisb[ae]na, native of Florida; -- so called because it leaves its burrows after a thundershower. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

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  • thunderworm — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: so called from its habit of leaving its burrows after thundershowers : a small burrowing limbless lizard (Rhineura floridana) that resembles a worm and is native to Florida …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rhineura Floridana — Thunderworm Thun der*worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small, footless, burrowing, snakelike lizard ({Rhineura Floridana}) allied to Amphisb[ae]na, native of Florida; so called because it leaves its burrows after a thundershower. [1913 Webster] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhineuridae — Temporal range: Paleocene to Recent Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • rhineura — rīˈn(y)u̇rə noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from rhin + Greek eurys broad more at eury : a genus of limbless burrowing lizards (family Amphisbaenidae) that includes solely the thunderworm …   Useful english dictionary

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