Definition of slow-worm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslōˌwərm/


A small snakelike Eurasian legless lizard that is typically brownish or copper-colored and that gives birth to live young. Also called blindworm.
  • Anguis fragilis, family Anguidae.
Example sentences
  • There are also reptiles, like adders or grass snakes, slow-worms and lizards that are prone to fire damage because they cannot get out quickly enough.
  • Other features that had to be considered were protection of trees, shrubs, slow-worms and grass snakes.
  • Ground and rove beetles, centipedes, frogs and toads, slow-worms, hedgehogs and many species of birds all eat significant numbers of slugs.


Old English slāwyrm, from slā- (of uncertain origin) + wyrm 'snake'.

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Syllabification: slow-worm

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