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mudpuppy

[muhd-puhp-ee]
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noun, plural mud·pup·pies.
  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

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; mud + puppy
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