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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).]
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(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]
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(siˈsɪl i ən)

a wormlike, burrowing tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona.
[1875–80; < Latin caecili(a) blindworm]
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
There have been many studies in amphibian brain such as caecilian Ichthyophis kohtaoensis, Ichthyophis beddome, salamander and fire-bellied toad (Naujoks-Manteuffel et al., 1988; Pinelli et al., 1997; Gramapurohit et al., 2000; Wang et al., 2007; Hauswaldt et al., 2007) and so on.
2004: Sex-related growth patterns in a caecilian amphibian (genus Ichthyophis): evidence from laboratory data.
The small, blind, creature is a type of caecilian that primarily lives underground.
Sexual size dimorphism in caecilian amphibians: analysis, review and directions for future research.
Official organ of the Amerikanischen Cacilien-Vereins (American Caecilian Society).
The retroarticular process, streptostyly and the caecilian jaw closing system.
The Malatgan River Caecilian (Ichthyophis weberi) was also found for the first time in over 50 years.
( 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.