slow·​worm ˈslō-ˌwərm How to pronounce slowworm (audio)
: a burrowing limbless European lizard (Anguis fragilis) with small eyes

called also blindworm

Word History


Middle English sloworm, from Old English slāwyrm, from slā- (akin to Swedish slå earthworm) + wyrm worm

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slowworm was before the 12th century

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“Slowworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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