from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A limbless lizard (Anguis fragilis) of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa, having a smooth snakelike body and feeding chiefly on slugs. Also called blindworm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small Old World lizard, Anguis fragilis, often mistaken for a snake, having no legs and small eyes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lecertilian reptile; the blindworm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scincoid lizard of the family Anguidæ: same as blindworm. Also slow. See cut under Anguis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small burrowing legless European lizard with tiny eyes; popularly believed to be blind
Alteration (influenced by slow) of Middle English slowurm, from Old English slāwyrm : slā-, earthworm, slowworm + wyrm, worm; see worm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sloworm (possibly influenced by slow), from Old English slāwyrm. Possibly related to Swedish slå (Wiktionary)