from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See slowworm.
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- n. the slowworm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, burrowing, snakelike, limbless lizard (Anguis fragilis), with minute eyes, popularly believed to be blind; the slowworm; -- formerly a name for the adder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small European lizard, Anguis fragilis, of the family Anguidæ, having a slender limbless body and tail, like a snake, rudimentary shoulder-girdle, breast-bone, and pelvis, a scaly skin, concealed ears, and small eyes furnished with movable lids: so called because supposed to be a sightless worm, a notion as erroneous as is the supposition that it is poisonous. Also called orvet and slow-worm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophiona; inhabit moist soil in tropical regions
- n. small burrowing legless European lizard with tiny eyes; popularly believed to be blind
From its small eyes.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)