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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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Newts and earthworm-like creatures called caecilians also belong to this class of animals.
The selective pressures surrounding burrowing are expressed in the morphological features of burrowing animals, as in the stout forearms of moles and armadillos and in the heavily reinforced skull of caecilians and dibamids (Kleinteich et al.
Liem, 1980)), and caecilians (Summers and Wake, 2005; Measey and Herrel, 2006).
Amphibians and Reptiles" uses detailed color photographs and narrative text to present portraits of three types of amphibians, including frogs and toads, salamanders and newts, and caecilians.
Toads, newts, sala-|manders and caecilians (blind worms) are also members of the amphibian group.
There are also many vertebrate predators, including caecilians, other anurans, snakes, and tortoises (Heyer et al.
I first visited a plantation in 2004 but, aside from catching some caecilians and a few snakes there, remained indifferent (or antagonistic) towards the industry until 2006 (see below).
Detailed descriptions of larval and adult jaw anatomy are available for salamanders (Kleinteich and Haas, 2007; Ziermann and Diogo, 2013), caecilians (Kleinteich et al.
The fungus seemed unable to attack frogs, toads or legless snake-shaped amphibians called caecilians.
Armed with DNA sequence data, Alex Pyron, an assistant professor of biology at the George Washington University, sought to accurately piece together the 300-million-year storyline of how frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians have moved across the planet throughout time.
Miscellaneous Notes and Descriptions of New Forms of Caecilians.
A large-scale phylogeny of Amphibia including over 2,800 species, and a revised classification of extant frogs, salamanders, and caecilians.