worm snake
Thunder Thun"der, n. [OE. [thorn]under, [thorn]onder, [thorn]oner, AS. [thorn]unor; akin to [thorn]unian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. [thorn][=o]rr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. [root]52. See {Thin}, and cf. {Astonish}, {Detonate}, {Intone}, {Thursday}, {Tone}.] 1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity. [1913 Webster]

2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon. [1913 Webster]

4. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation. [1913 Webster]

The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

{Thunder pumper}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The croaker ({Haploidontus grunniens}). (b) The American bittern or stake-driver.

{Thunder rod}, a lightning rod. [R.]

{Thunder snake}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The chicken, or milk, snake. (b) A small reddish ground snake ({Carphophis am[oe]na} syn. {Celuta am[oe]na}) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also {worm snake}.

{Thunder tube}, a fulgurite. See {Fulgurite}. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


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  • Worm snake — Worm Worm (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. wa[ u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli}, {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worm snake — is the common name sometimes given to several of snakes. They share the characteristics of small size, primarily subterranean habitat, non functioning or small eyes, and varying resemblance to earthworms. Many are also known as Blind snakes, the… …   Wikipedia

  • worm snake — worm′ snake n. ram any of several small, wormlike snakes, esp. Carphophis amoenus, of the E and central U.S • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • worm snake — n. any of a superfamily (Typhlopoidea) of wormlike, nonpoisonous snakes with vestigial eyes …   English World dictionary

  • worm snake — noun 1. wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial eyes • Syn: ↑blind snake • Hypernyms: ↑snake, ↑serpent, ↑ophidian • Hyponyms: ↑western blind snake, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • worm snake — 1. any of several small, wormlike snakes, esp. Carphophis amoenus, of the eastern and central U.S. 2. See blind snake. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * ▪ reptile  any of various harmless burrowing snakes of wormlike appearance. This name is often given to… …   Universalium

  • worm snake — noun Date: 1885 a small terrestrial colubrid snake (Carphophis amoenus) of the eastern United States that is dark above and pinkish red below …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • worm snake — /ˈwɜm sneɪk/ (say werm snayk) noun → blind snake …   Australian English dictionary

  • Montiserrat Worm Snake — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia …   Wikipedia

  • Worm — (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. wa[ u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli}, {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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