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caecilian

Syllabification: cae·cil·i·an
Pronunciation: /sēˈsilyən
 
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(also coecilian)

Definition of caecilian in English:

noun

Zoology
A burrowing wormlike amphibian of a tropical order distinguished by poorly developed eyes and the lack of limbs.
  • Order Gymnophiona (or Apoda): five families
Example sentences
  • Some not-so-familiar creatures, like the legless, burrowing caecilians, are also amphibians.
  • Although they are amphibians, caecilians are denizens of the terrestrial underworld.
  • While burrowing, caecilians employ concertina locomotion, lateral undulation, and vermiform locomotion.

Origin

from modern Latin Caecilia (genus name), from Latin caecilia 'slow-worm' + -an.

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