plural noun

: a small family of tropical nonvenomous burrowing snakes with vestigial pelvis and vestigial hind legs

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Anilius, type genus (from Anilios, according to Buffon [18th-century French naturalist George-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon] the name of a snake of the genus Typhlops on Cyprus) + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aniliidae was in 1907

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“Aniliidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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