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hellbender

[ hel-ben-der ]
/ ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər /
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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.
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Origin of hellbender

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; hell + bender
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How to use hellbender in a sentence

  • He read of a rumored Police Department shake up, and he could afford to smile at the vitality of that hellbender-like report.

    The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
  • There are several kinds in North America, some of which, as the hellbender, are a foot or more in length.

  • But little smaller, and even more ugly in appearance, is the "hellbender," representing the family Amphiumid.

British Dictionary definitions for hellbender

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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