Definition of caecilian in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈsɪlɪən/
(also coecilian)


A burrowing worm-like 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.


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

Words that rhyme with caecilian

Abbevillian, Azilian, Brazilian, Castilian, Chilean, Churchillian, civilian, cotillion, crocodilian, epyllion, Gillian, Lilian, Maximilian, Pamphylian, pavilion, postilion, Quintilian, reptilian, Sicilian, Tamilian, vaudevillian, vermilion, Virgilian

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