amphisbaena

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin amphisbaena, from Ancient Greek ἀμφίσβαινα, from ἀμφίς ‘both ways’ + βαίνω ‘I go’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /æmfɪsˈbiːnə/

Noun[edit]

amphisbaena (plural amphisbaenas)

  1. A mythical serpent having a head at each end of its body, able to move in either direction.
    • 1971: What do you call that animal that goes backward and forward, head at each end? —Amphisbaena. A kind of lizard. It doesn't exist. — Anthony Burgess, M/F (Penguin 2004, p. 109)
  2. A genus of lizards, native to the Americas, having extremities which are very similar.