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A large aquatic salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of the eastern United States, having a flattened brownish body.


(Animals) a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae


(ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər)

a large, broad-headed salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in E North America.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.hellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streamshellbender - large salamander of North American rivers and streams
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
Cryptobranchus, genus Cryptobranchus - type genus of the Cryptobranchidae
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