hellbender

[ hel-ben-der ]
/ ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər /

noun

a large salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in eastern North America, having a flat, stout body and broad head.
Informal. a reckless or headstrong person.

Nearby words

  1. hell-raiser,
  2. hella,
  3. hellacious,
  4. helladic,
  5. hellas,
  6. hellbent,
  7. hellbox,
  8. hellbroth,
  9. hellcat,
  10. helldiver

Origin of hellbender

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; hell + bender

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British Dictionary definitions for hell-bender

hellbender

/ (ˈhɛlˌbɛndə) /

noun

a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae
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Word Origin and History for hell-bender

hellbender

n.

large salamander of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1812, supposedly so called for its ugliness.

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