mudpuppy

[ muhd-puhp-ee ]
/ ˈmʌdˌpʌp i /

noun, plural mud·pup·pies.

any of several often large, aquatic salamanders of the genus Necturus, of eastern North America, having bushy, red gills and well-developed limbs.
any of several North American salamanders of the genus Ambystoma.

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Origin of mudpuppy

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; mud + puppy
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British Dictionary definitions for mudpuppy

mud puppy

noun

any aquatic North American salamander of the genus Necturus, esp N. maculosus, having red feathery external gills and other persistent larval features: family ProteidaeSee also neoteny
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