blindworm
noun Date: 15th century slowworm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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

  • blindworm — [blīndwʉrm΄] n. a legless lizard (Anguis fragilis) of the Old World; slowworm: it has very small eyes and a snakelike body that is usually brownish …   English World dictionary

  • blindworm — /bluynd werrm /, n. 1. a limbless European lizard, Anguis fragilis, related to the glass lizards. 2. a caecilian, Ichthyophis glutinosus, of Sri Lanka, that coils around its eggs. [1425 75; late ME; see BLIND, WORM; so called because the eyes are …   Universalium

  • blindworm — noun the slowworm …   Wiktionary

  • blindworm — noun another term for slow worm …   English new terms dictionary

  • blindworm — blind•worm [[t]ˈblaɪndˌwɜrm[/t]] n. ram a limbless European lizard Anguis fragilis[/ex] • Etymology: 1425–75; so called because the eyes are very small …   From formal English to slang

  • blindworm — /ˈblaɪndwɜm/ (say bluyndwerm) noun → slow worm (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • blindworm — noun 1. small burrowing legless European lizard with tiny eyes; popularly believed to be blind • Syn: ↑slowworm, ↑Anguis fragilis • Hypernyms: ↑anguid lizard • Member Holonyms: ↑Anguis, ↑genus Anguis …   Useful english dictionary

  • blindworm n. = SLOW-WORM. — blink v. & n. v. 1 intr. shut and open the eyes quickly and usu. involuntarily. 2 intr. (often foll. by at) look with eyes opening and shutting. 3 tr. a (often foll. by back) prevent (tears) by blinking. b (often foll. by away, from) clear (dust… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

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