slowworm
noun Etymology: Middle English sloworm, from Old English slāwyrm, from slā- (akin to Swedish slå earthworm) + wyrm worm Date: before 12th century a burrowing limbless European lizard (Anguis fragilis) with small eyes — called also blindworm

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  • slowworm — [slōwʉrm΄] n. [altered (by assoc. with SLOW) < ME slaworme < OE slawyrm < sla , akin to Norw slo, slowworm, ult. < IE base * (s)lei , slimy (> LIME1, Gr leimax, snail) + OE wyrm, WORM] BLINDWORM …   English World dictionary

  • Slowworm — Slow worm , n. [AS. sl[=a]wyrm; the first part is probably akin to sle[ a]n to strike, the reptile being supposed to be very poisonous. See {Slay}, v. t., and {Worm}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A lecertilian reptile; the blindworm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slowworm — /sloh werrm /, n. blindworm (def. 2). [bef. 900; SLOW + WORM; r. ME slowerm, slowurme, OE slawerm, slawyrm, equiv. to sla (cf. dial. Sw slo, Norw slo slowworm) + wyrm worm] * * * ▪ lizard also called  blindworm        a legless lizard of the… …   Universalium

  • slowworm — noun small burrowing legless European lizard with tiny eyes; popularly believed to be blind • Syn: ↑blindworm, ↑Anguis fragilis • Hypernyms: ↑anguid lizard • Member Holonyms: ↑Anguis, ↑genus Anguis * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • slowworm — noun A small Old World lizard, Anguis fragilis, that has no legs and small eyes. Syn: blindworm …   Wiktionary

  • slowworm — slow·worm …   English syllables

  • slowworm — slow•worm [[t]ˈsloʊˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ram blindworm • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • Anguis fragilis — Taxobox name = Anguis fragilis image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Reptilia ordo = Squamata familia = Anguidae genus = Anguis species = A. fragilis binomial = Anguis fragilis binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • Anguis fragilis — Blindworm Blind worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small, burrowing, snakelike, limbless lizard ({Anguis fragilis}), with minute eyes, popularly believed to be blind; the slowworm; formerly a name for the adder. [1913 Webster] Newts and blindworms do no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blindworm — Blind worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small, burrowing, snakelike, limbless lizard ({Anguis fragilis}), with minute eyes, popularly believed to be blind; the slowworm; formerly a name for the adder. [1913 Webster] Newts and blindworms do no wrong. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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