[ am-fuhs-bee-nuh ]
/ ˌæm fəsˈbi nə /
noun, plural am·phis·bae·nae [am-fuhs-bee-nee], /ˌæm fəsˈbi ni/, am·phis·bae·nas.
any of numerous worm lizards of the genus Amphisbaena.
Classical Mythology. a serpent having a head at each end of its body and the ability to move forward or backward.
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Origin of amphisbaena
1350–1400; Middle English amphibena<New Latin, Latin <Greek amphísbaina a serpent that moves forward or backward, equivalent to amphís both ways + baín(ein) to go + -a noun suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM amphisbaenaam·phis·bae·ni·an, am·phis·bae·nic, am·phis·bae·noid, am·phis·bae·nous, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for amphisbaena
The amphisbaena, supposed to have a head at each end and move either way.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
British Dictionary definitions for amphisbaena
/ (ˌæmfɪsˈbiːnə) /
noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas
any worm lizard of the genus Amphisbaena
classical myth a poisonous serpent having a head at each end and able to move forwards or backwards
Derived forms of amphisbaenaamphisbaenic, adjective
Word Origin for amphisbaena
C16: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis both ways + bainein to go
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