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Any of several long slender salamanders of the genus Amphiuma of the southeast United States that in their adult stage have two pairs of very small nonfunctioning legs and breathe with lungs although they are aquatic. Also called Congo eel, Congo snake.
[New Latin Amphiuma, genus name : Greek amphi-, amphi- + Greek pneuma, breath (so named by Alexander Garden, probably in the belief that the adults could breathe in water as well as in air ); see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||amphiuma - aquatic eel-shaped salamander having two pairs of very small feet; of still muddy waters in the southern United States|
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
genus Amphiuma - congo snakes
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