glass snake

noun
snakelike lizard of Europe and Asia and North America with vestigial hind limbs and the ability to regenerate its long fragile tail
Syn: ↑glass lizard, ↑joint snake
Hypernyms: ↑anguid lizard
Member Holonyms: ↑Ophisaurus, ↑genus Ophisaurus

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noun
1. : a limbless lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis) of the southern United States superficially resembling a snake and having a tail capable of being broken off completely into one or more small pieces and replaced by a new tail
2. : any of several lizards similar to the No. American glass snake that are found in the Old World

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glass snake noun
A legless lizard (genus Ophisaurus) with a brittle tail
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Main Entry:glass

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glass snake,
a legless, harmless, snakelike lizard of southeastern and central United States and Mexico, that grows about two feet long and has a tail twice as long as its body: »

The lizard known as the glass snake escapes from its enemies by breaking off the end of its tail. It later grows a new one (Ralph Buchsbaum).

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n. another term for glass lizard

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Glass-snake — n. (Zo[ o]l.) A long, footless lizard ({Ophiosaurus ventralis}), of the Southern United States; so called from its fragility, the tail easily breaking into small pieces. It grows to the length of three feet. The name is applied also to similar s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glass snake — glass′ snake n. ram any limbless, snakelike lizard of the genus Ophisaurus, of the Eastern U.S., Europe, and Asia, having the ability to regenerate its long fragile tail Also called glass′ liz ard …   From formal English to slang

  • glass snake — ☆ glass snake n. any of a genus (Ophisaurus, family Anguidae) of snakelike, legless lizards found in the S U.S. and other warm regions: so called because its long tail breaks off easily * * * …   Universalium

  • glass snake — ☆ glass snake n. any of a genus (Ophisaurus, family Anguidae) of snakelike, legless lizards found in the S U.S. and other warm regions: so called because its long tail breaks off easily …   English World dictionary

  • glass snake — /ˈglas sneɪk/ (say glahs snayk) noun 1. → snake lizard (def. 1). 2. → three toed skink …   Australian English dictionary

  • glass snake — noun Date: 1709 any of a genus (Ophisaurus) of limbless snakelike lizards of the southern U.S., Eurasia, and Africa with a fragile tail that readily breaks off from the body often in pieces …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • glass lizard — any limbless, snakelike lizard of the genus Ophisaurus, inhabiting the eastern U.S., Europe, and Asia, having external ear openings and the ability to regenerate its long, fragile tail. Also called glass snake. * * * ▪ reptile also called  glass… …   Universalium

  • glass — n., v., & adj. n. 1 a (often attrib.) a hard, brittle, usu. transparent, translucent, or shiny substance, made by fusing sand with soda and lime and sometimes other ingredients (a glass jug) (cf. crown glass, flint glass, plate glass). b a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • glass lizard — (also glass snake) noun a legless burrowing lizard of snake like appearance. [Genus Ophisaurus: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • glass lizard — noun snakelike lizard of Europe and Asia and North America with vestigial hind limbs and the ability to regenerate its long fragile tail • Syn: ↑glass snake, ↑joint snake • Hypernyms: ↑anguid lizard • Member Holonyms: ↑Ophisaurus, ↑genus… …   Useful english dictionary

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