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.

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Origin of hellbender

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