Definition of caecilian in English:


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


  • A burrowing wormlike amphibian of a tropical order distinguished by poorly developed eyes and the lack of limbs.
    • Order Gymnophiona (or Apoda): five families
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    • 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.


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

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