One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African lizard with a snakelike body and very short or nonexistent legs.
- ‘This snake-like seps is similar in appearance to Breyer's long-tailed seps.’
- ‘The common long-tailed seps is probably too small to be able to effectively flee from fire.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a venomous serpent described by classical authors): via Latin from Greek sēps, from the base of sēpein ‘make rotten’.
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