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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.]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||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
|2.||Amphisbaena - 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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