Caecilian C[ae]*cil"i*an (?; 106), n. [L. caecus blind. So named from the supposed blindness of the species, the eyes being very minute.] (Zo["o]l.) A limbless amphibian belonging to the order {C[ae]cili[ae]} or {Ophimorpha}. See {Ophiomorpha}. [Written also {c[oe]cilian}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • caecilian — [sē sil′ē ən, sēsil′yən] n. [< ModL < L caecilia, kind of lizard < caecus: see CECUM] any of an order (Gymnophiona) of legless tropical amphibians resembling worms …   English World dictionary

  • Caecilian — This article is about an order of amphibians. For the bishop of Carthage, see Caecilianus. Caecilians Temporal range: 170–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • caecilian — noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin caecilia slowworm, from caecus blind Date: circa 1879 any of an order (Gymnophiona) of chiefly tropical burrowing limbless amphibians resembling worms • caecilian adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caecilian — /see sil ee euhn/, n. 1. Also called blindworm. a legless, wormlike tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona (formerly Apoda), spending most of its life underground and usually almost blind. adj. 2. pertaining to or characteristic of a… …   Universalium

  • caecilian — noun A group of burrowing amphibians (order Gymnophiona or Apoda) that resemble earthworms or snakes …   Wiktionary

  • caecilian — [sɪ sɪlɪən] (also coecilian) noun Zoology a burrowing worm like amphibian of a tropical order distinguished by poorly developed eyes and the lack of limbs. [Order Gymnophiona: many species.] Origin from mod. L. Caecilia (genus name), from L.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • caecilian — cae·cil·i·an …   English syllables

  • caecilian — cae•cil•i•an [[t]siˈsɪl i ən[/t]] n. ram a wormlike, burrowing tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona • Etymology: 1875–80; < L caecili(a) blindworm …   From formal English to slang

  • caecilian — /səˈsɪljən/ (say suh silyuhn) noun any of the limbless and elongate burrowing amphibians of the order Apoda. {Latin caecilia lizard + an} …   Australian English dictionary

  • caecilian — n. (also coecilian) any burrowing wormlike amphibian of the order Gymnophiona, having poorly developed eyes and no limbs. Etymology: L caecilia kind of lizard …   Useful english dictionary

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