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congo snake

noun
1.
any of several eel-shaped salamanders, as the amphiuma or siren.
Also called congo eel.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for congo snake

congo eel

noun
1.
an aquatic salamander, Amphiuma means, having an eel-like body with gill slits and rudimentary limbs and inhabiting still muddy waters in the southern US: family Amphiumidae
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amphiuma

any of three species of North American salamanders belonging to the family Amphiumidae (order Caudata). Because they are long and slender and have inconspicuous legs, they are often mistaken for eels or snakes. The body is gray or brown and paler on the lower side. The usual habitat is swamps and drainage ditches

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