Anguidae

plural noun

An·​gui·​dae
ˈaŋgwəˌdē
: a family of lizards some of which are limbless and all of which are entirely harmless and useful as destroyers of slugs, worms, and insects compare blindworm

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Anguis, type genus + -idae

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anguidae was in 1841

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“Anguidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anguidae. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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