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mudpuppy

[muhd-puhp-ee] /ˈmʌdˌpʌp i/
noun, plural mudpuppies.
1.
any of several often large, aquatic salamanders of the genus Necturus, of eastern North America, having bushy, red gills and well-developed limbs.
2.
any of several North American salamanders of the genus Ambystoma.
Origin of mudpuppy
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; mud + puppy
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