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  1. an aquatic, eellike salamander of the genus Amphiuma, of the southeastern U.S., having two pairs of very small feet.
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Origin of amphiuma

< New Latin Amphiuma name of the genus, probably irregular formation. See amphi-, pneuma
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  • Amphiuma, a genus of amphibians which frequent the lakes and stagnant waters of North America.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2


  • This view has originated out of the very remarkable superficial resemblance between the Ichthyophis-larva and the Amphiuma.

  • In the forms however with degenerate limbs like Amphiuma, Siren and Proteus the number of digits is still further reduced.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds