amphisbaena


amphisbaena
amphisbaenian, amphisbaenic, amphisbaenoid, amphisbaenous, adj.
/am'feuhs bee"neuh/, n., pl. amphisbaenae /-nee/, amphisbaenas.
1. any of numerous worm lizards of the genus Amphisbaena.
2. Class. Myth. a serpent having a head at each end of its body and the ability to move forward or backward.
[1350-1400; ME amphibena < NL, L < Gk amphísbaina a serpent that moves forward or backward, equiv. to amphís both ways + baín(ein) to go + -a n. suffix]

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