Gymnophiona

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gymnophiona an order of amphibians including caecilians
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Gymnophiona (Zoöl) An order of Amphibia, having a long, annulated, snakelike body. See Ophiomorpha.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gymnophiona One of the major divisions of Amphibia, having a serpentiform body, no limbs, the tail obsolete in the adult, the anus terminal, and numerous minute dermal scutes in the integument of the body. The division includes only the family Cæciliidæ, and the term is a synonym of Ophiomorpha.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. gymno`s naked + 'ofio`neos serpentlike

Usage

In literature:

The name Gymnophiona, naked serpents, is therefore doubly inapplicable: for they are not serpents, and not scaleless.
"Stories of the Universe: Animal Life" by B. Lindsay
***