Found 2 items, similar to Worm snake.
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Definition: worm snake
n 1: wormlike burrowing snake of warm regions having vestigial
eyes [syn: blind snake
2: small reddish wormlike snake of eastern United States [syn:
, Carphophis amoenus
English → English
Definition: Worm snake
(w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D.
worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth.
wa['u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli
1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a
serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [Archaic]
There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his
hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang
on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a
'T is slander,
Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile. --Shak.
When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm,
His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
2. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely
without feet, or with very short ones, including a great
variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
(a) Any helminth; an entozo["o]n.
(b) Any annelid.
(c) An insect larva.
(d) pl. Same as Vermes
3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts
one's mind with remorse.
The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
4. A being debased and despised.
I am a worm, and no man. --Ps. xxii. 6.
5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm; as:
(a) The thread of a screw.
The threads of screws, when bigger than can be
made in screw plates, are called worms. --Moxon.
(b) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double
corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
(c) (Anat.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some
animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta
(d) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound
to economize space. See Illust. of Still
(e) (Mach.) A short revolving screw, the threads of which
drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into
its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing
(Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation
resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the
. See under Fence
(a) A worm wheel.
(b) Worm gearing.
, gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel
(a) See Pinkroot
(b) The white stonecrop (Sedum album
) reputed to have
qualities as a vermifuge. --Dr. Prior.
(Med.), an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained
from the seeds of Chenopodium anthelminticum
(Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Thunder snake
(b), under Thunder
(Med.), an anthelmintic tea or tisane.
(Med.), a tincture prepared from dried
earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. [Obs.]
, a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the
spiral spaces of a screw called a worm, so that the wheel
may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; -- called also
, and sometimes tangent wheel
. See Illust. of