plural noun
An·​ni·​el·​li·​dae | \ ˌanēˈeləˌdē \

Definition of Anniellidae

: a family of degenerate wormlike California lizards apparently closely related to the Anguidae

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Anniellidae

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anniellidae

New Latin, from Anniella, type genus (irregular from Spanish aniello, anillo ring, from Latin anellus small ring) + -idae

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Anniellidae

Time Traveler for Anniellidae

Time Traveler

The first known use of Anniellidae was in 1883

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Anniellidae

Cite this Entry

“Anniellidae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

Comments on Anniellidae

What made you want to look up Anniellidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


easily led, controlled, or managed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!