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A mythical serpent or winged creature having a head at each end of its body.

[Middle English amphibena, from Latin amphisbaena, from Greek amphisbaina : amphis, both ways (from amphi-, amphi-) + bainein, to go; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

am′phis·bae′nic adj.


n, pl -nae (-niː) or -nas
1. (Animals) any worm lizard of the genus Amphisbaena
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a poisonous serpent having a head at each end and able to move forwards or backwards
[C16: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis both ways + bainein to go]
ˌamphisˈbaenic adj
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Noun1.amphisbaena - (classical mythology) a serpent with a head at each end of its body
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
2.amphisbaena - type genus of the AmphisbaenidaeAmphisbaena - type genus of the Amphisbaenidae  
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
worm lizard - a lizard of the genus Amphisbaena; harmless wormlike limbless lizard of warm or tropical regions having concealed eyes and ears and a short blunt tail
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Two new Caribbean records of parasitic nematodes collected from reptiles in Puerto Rico: Aplectana pusilla in Amphisbaena bakeri and Alaeuris vogelsangi in Iguana iguana.
This is applicable to Amphisbaena alba Linnaeus 1758, one of the most common and widely distributed amphisbaenids in South America east of the Andes (see Pinna et al.
Ademas, se obtuvieron tres nuevos registros de serpientes (Dipsas pavonia, Micrurus filifomis, Thamnodynastes dixoni), un nuevo registro de salamanquejas (Hemidactylus palaichthus) y posiblemente dos nuevas especies en el departamento: una serpiente del genero Drymarchon y una anfisbena del genero Amphisbaena.
Although there are a number of homeopathic medicines made from reptiles, including Amphisbaena vermicularis (snake lizard, which is actually not closely related to lizards), chameleon, gecko (which I had made into a homeopathic medicine) Heloderma horridus (Gila monster), Lazerta (green lizard), and, further afield, Tyrannosaurus rex (tyrant lizard king) and Maiasaurus (dinosaur, or, literally, "mother lizard.
Raillietiella gigliolii (Pentastomida) infecting Amphisbaena alba (Squamata, Amphisbaenidae): a first record for northeast Brazil.
Amphisbaena dicta, eo quod duo capita habeat, unum in loco suo, alterum in cauda, currens ex utroque capite, tracto corporis circulato.
Though she is an agent, we must note that Clytemnestra is not only linked with female monsters like Scylla or an amphisbaena (Ag.