- 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.
Origin of hellbender
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But little smaller, and even more ugly in appearance, is the "hellbender," representing the family Amphiumid.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life
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
- a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae
Word Origin and History for hellbender
large salamander of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1812, supposedly so called for its ugliness.