plural noun
An·​i·​li·​idae | \ -īəˌdē \

Definition of Aniliidae

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

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First Known Use of Aniliidae

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aniliidae

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

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“Aniliidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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