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amphisbaena

[ am-fuhs-bee-nuh ]
/ 藢忙m f蓹s藞bi n蓹 /
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noun, plural am路phis路bae路nae [am-fuhs-bee-nee], /藢忙m f蓹s藞bi ni/, am路phis路bae路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鈥1400; Middle English amphibena<New Latin, Latin <Greek amph铆sbaina a serpent that moves forward or backward, equivalent to amph铆s both ways + ba铆n(ein) to go + -a noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM amphisbaena

am路phis路bae路ni路an, am路phis路bae路nic, am路phis路bae路noid, am路phis路bae路nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amphisbaena

amphisbaena
/ (藢忙mf瑟s藞bi藧n蓹) /

noun plural -nae (-ni藧) 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 amphisbaena

amphisbaenic, adjective

Word Origin for amphisbaena

C16: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis both ways + bainein to go
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