slowworm

noun
slow·​worm | \ ˈslō-ˌwərm How to pronounce slowworm (audio) \

Definition of slowworm

: a burrowing limbless European lizard (Anguis fragilis) with small eyes

called also blindworm

First Known Use of slowworm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slowworm

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

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“Slowworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slowworm. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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