noun, plural am·phis·bae·nae [am-fuh s-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.
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
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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
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
Word Origin for amphisbaena
C16: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis both ways + bainein to go
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