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Blindworm, Anguis fragilis


blind + worm, because of its very small eyes.


blindworm (plural blindworms)

  1. The slowworm, a small species of legless lizard.
    • 1587, Raphael Holinshed et al., Chronicles of England, Scotlande and Irelande, Volume I, Book 3, Chapter 6, p. 228,[1]
      [] we haue a blind worme to be found vnder logs in woods, and timber that hath lien long in a place, which some also doo call (and vpon better ground) by the name of [s]low worms, and they are knowen easilie by their more or lesse varietie of striped colours, drawen long waies from their heads, their whole bodies little excéeding a foot in length, & yet is there venem deadlie.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, Scene 2,[2]
      You spotted snakes with double tongue,
      Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
      Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
      Come not near our fairy queen.