[ am-bis-tuh-mid ]
/ æmˈbɪs tə mɪd /


Also called mole salamander. any of various small- to moderate-sized salamanders of the genus Ambystoma, terrestrial or semiaquatic, inhabiting North America from New England to Florida and westward to Texas.


of or relating to the ambystomids.
Compare axolotl.

Origin of ambystomid

1940–45; < New Latin Ambystom(a) genus name (amby-, probably erroneous for Greek amblý(s) blunt, dull + -stoma -stome) + -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019