Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various legless, burrowing, wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophiona, of tropical regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of burrowing amphibians (order Gymnophiona or Apoda) that resemble earthworms or snakes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A limbless amphibian belonging to the order Cæciliæ or Ophimorpha. See ophiomorpha.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Cæciliidæ.
  • n. A worm-like amphibian of the family Cæciliidæ.

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
  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the family Caeciliidae

Etymologies

From Latin caecilia, a kind of lizard, from caecus, blind (from its small eyes).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin caecus ("blind"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The team recorded footage of a female wom-like amphibian, called caecilian, allowing her young to peel off and eat her skin.

    The Jawa Report

  • Judging from these movies, Mark Wilkinson is evidently some kind of caecilian-hunting guru genius: with just two lazy, shallow strokes of a spade, he was able to discover two caecilians in their native habitat.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The site did post the July birth of a caecilian, a legless amphibian, at the Tennessee Aquarium.

    All together now: Awwwwwwwwwww

  • The species differ from the other eight known caecilian members of the genus Gegeneophis in India by the presence of visible eyes, over 120 annuli and over 75 secondary annular grooves.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Earlier it was reported on a new species of caecilian from Goa, India.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Of the five endemic amphibians two are tree frogs (Afrixalus clarkei and Afrixalus enseticola), two are ranid frogs (Phrynobatrachus bottegi and Phrynobatrachus sciangallarum), and one is a caecilian (Sylvacaecilia grandisonae).

    Ethiopian montane forests

  • David was a fierce competitor, an absolutely fierce competitor, and I respected the fact that he did not subscribe to the caecilian (ph) edict of in victory, magna menati (ph) and you beat defiance.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2003

  • Wake and Donnelly also noted that together with the small, lung-less frog, the diminutive new caecilian suggests that lunglessness is most likely to appear in land-dwelling amphibians that are relatively small.

    Stabroek News

  • The new species is even more of a surprise because the animal-named Caecilita iworkramae is strikingly different from the other known lung-less caecilian, according to the study authors,

    Stabroek News

  • In 1999 researchers found the first known lungless caecilian and in 2008 another team reported a tiny, land-living, lungless frog.

    Stabroek News

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