[ hel-ben-der ]
/ ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər /
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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Example sentences from the Web for hellbender
There are several kinds in North America, some of which, as the hellbender, are a foot or more in length.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
But little smaller, and even more ugly in appearance, is the "hellbender," representing the family Amphiumid.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life|Ernest Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for hellbender
/ (ˈhɛlˌbɛndə) /
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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