caecilian

noun
cae·ci·lian | \ si-ˈsil-yən , -ˈsēl- , -ˈsi-lē-ən \

Definition of caecilian 

: any of an order (Gymnophiona) of chiefly tropical burrowing limbless amphibians resembling worms

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Learn even more about frogs, toads, caecilians, salamanders and newts! Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo celebrates "Froguary"," 13 Feb. 2018 Matriphagy is a rare occurrence found among certain spiders and the caecilian, a blind, legless amphibian that lives underground. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: The left’s angry young devour the liberal old," 11 June 2017 Matriphagy is a rare occurrence found among certain spiders and the caecilian, a blind, legless amphibian that lives underground. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: The left’s angry young devour the liberal old," 11 June 2017 Matriphagy is a rare occurrence found among certain spiders and the caecilian, a blind, legless amphibian that lives underground. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: The left’s angry young devour the liberal old," 11 June 2017 Matriphagy is a rare occurrence found among certain spiders and the caecilian, a blind, legless amphibian that lives underground. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: The left’s angry young devour the liberal old," 11 June 2017 Matriphagy is a rare occurrence found among certain spiders and the caecilian, a blind, legless amphibian that lives underground. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Political biology on American college campuses: The left's angry young devour the liberal old," 6 June 2017 For instance, about 75 percent of the 180 species of caecilian, a legless amphibian, birth live young, Gibbons says. National Geographic, "Oh Baby! Which Animal Families Lay Eggs and Live Birth?," 16 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of caecilian

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caecilian

ultimately from Latin caecilia slowworm, from caecus blind

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Caecidae

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Caeciliidae

Caedmon

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