Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An amphisbænoid lizard of Florida, Rhineura fioridana: so called as forced out of its burrows by a thunder-shower.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small, footless, burrowing, snakelike lizard (Rhineura Floridana) allied to Amphisbæna, native of Florida; -- so called because it leaves its burrows after a thundershower.
- thunder + worm, so called because it leaves its burrows after a thunderstorm. (Wiktionary)
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