Origin of slowwormaltered (by associated, association with slow) ; from Middle English slaworme ; from Old English slawyrm ; from sla-, akin to Norwegian slo, slowworm, ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lei-, slimy (from source lime, Classical Greek leimax, snail) + Old English wyrm, worm
A limbless lizard (Anguis fragilis) of Europe and western Asia, having a smooth snakelike body and feeding chiefly on slugs. Also called blindworm.
Origin of slowwormAlteration (influenced by slow) of Middle English slowurm, from Old English slawyrm : sla-, earthworm, slowworm + wyrm, worm; see worm.
- A small Old World lizard, Anguis fragilis, often mistaken for a snake, having no legs and small eyes.
Middle English sloworm (possibly influenced by slow), from Old English slÄwyrm. Possibly related to Swedish slÃ¥