plural noun

: a family (type genus Caecilia) of small slender wormlike burrowing amphibians that is coextensive with the order Gymnophiona

Word History


New Latin, from Caecilia, type genus (from Latin caecilía, a lizard, from caecus blind) + -idae; from the small eyes

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Caeciliidae was circa 1875

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“Caeciliidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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