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 (sə-sĭl′yən, -sĭl′ē-ən, -sēl′-)
Any of various legless, burrowing amphibians of the order Gymnophiona, having numerous grooved rings encircling the body, and found chiefly in tropical regions.

[From Latin caecilia, a kind of lizard, from caecus, blind (from its small eyes).]


(Animals) any tropical limbless cylindrical amphibian of the order Apoda (or Gymnophiona), resembling earthworms and inhabiting moist soil
[C19: from Latin caecilia a kind of lizard, from caecus blind]


(siˈsɪl i ən)

a wormlike, burrowing tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona.
[1875–80; < Latin caecili(a) blindworm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caecilian - any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophionacaecilian - any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophiona; inhabit moist soil in tropical regions
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
Caeciliadae, Caeciliidae, family Caeciliadae, family Caeciliidae - coextensive with the order Gymnophiona: legless amphibians
Adj.1.caecilian - of or relating to or belonging to the family Caeciliidae
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The hosts run the world s leading caecilian biology research group.
In amphibians, double-labeling experiments with antibodies against 5-HT and GABA have determined the coexistence of GABA and 5-HT in neurons of the caecilian retina (Watt & Florack 1992, Main et al.
We identified the Caecilian, Green Vine snake, Rat snake and Cat snake.
com reported the creature is classified as a caecilian, a group in the order of gymnophiona amphibians.
Caecilian and anuran urogenital duct characters were utilized to assess character polarity, and when states for these taxa are known, they were coded as "state 0" indicating the hypothesized pleisiomorphic condition.
They did post the July birth of a Caecilian, a legless amphibian, at the Tennessee Aquarium.
According to Joncas, an exclusive diet of praise-and-worship music at Catholic liturgy would be "as undesirable as an exclusive diet of strophic hymnody alone, or folk-pop compositions, or Renaissance motets, or Caecilian Mass parts.
Highlights include the last Panamanian golden frog waving in the wild; a rattlesnake hunting; the caecilian, a worm-like amphibian, allowing her young to feast on her skin, and a mating orgy of sea turtles involving six rivals attacking a mating pair.
The blind, worm-like amphibian called the caecilian takes parenting sacrifices to new levels by letting its babies feed from its flesh.
One factor that made for the accelerated decline and disappearance of small workshops and the rise of factory firms was the transformation of the musical aesthetic ideal of the organ associated with the rapid implementation of what was known as the Caecilian reform of church music.
Biju, has named the new family Chikilidae, which means Caecilian in Garo, the local tribal language-consisting of tailless burrowing caecilians that evolved separately from other caecilian species more than 140 million years ago.