an order of amphibians including caecilians
Syn: ↑order Gymnophiona
Hypernyms: ↑animal order
Member Holonyms: ↑amphibia, ↑class Amphibia
Member Meronyms: ↑Caeciliidae, ↑family Caeciliidae, ↑Caeciliadae, ↑family Caeciliadae

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\\-ˈfīənə\ noun plural
Usage: capitalized
Etymology: New Latin, from gymn- + -ophiona (from Greek ophioneos of a snake, serpentlike, from ophis serpent, snake) — more at anguis
: an order of Amphibia that is coextensive with the family Caeciliidae and is distinguished by the limbless small-headed short-tailed form of its nearly eyeless members which are widely distributed in moist soil in tropical parts of the New and Old Worlds

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  • Gymnophiona — Gym no*phi o*na (j[i^]m n[ o]*f[imac] [ o]*n[.a]), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. gymno s naked + ofio neos serpentlike.] (Zo[ o]l.) An order of Amphibia, having a long, annulated, snakelike body. See {Ophiomorpha}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gymnophiōna — Gymnophiōna, Ordnung der Amphibien, s. Blindwühler …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Gymnophiona — Gymnophiona,   die Blindwühlen …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Gymnophiona —   Cecilias Rango temporal: Jurásico Inferior Presente …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Gymnophiona — ▪ amphibian Introduction also called  Apoda   one of the three major extant orders of the class Amphibia. Its members are known as caecilians (caecilian), a name derived from the Latin word caecus, meaning “sightless” or “blind.” The majority of… …   Universalium

  • Gymnophiona — Ophiomorpha O phi*o*mor pha, n. pl. [NL. See {Ophiomorphous}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An order of tailless amphibians having a slender, wormlike body with regular annulations, and usually with minute scales imbedded in the skin. The limbs are rudimentary or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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