noun, plural amphisbaenae [am-fuhs-bee-nee] , amphisbaenas.
any of numerous worm lizards of the genus Amphisbaena.
Classical Mythology. a serpent having a head at each end of its body and the ability to move forward or backward.

1350–1400; Middle English amphibena < Neo-Latin, Latin < Greek amphísbaina a serpent that moves forward or backward, equivalent to amphís both ways + baín(ein) to go + -a noun suffix

amphisbaenian, amphisbaenic, amphisbaenoid, amphisbaenous, adjective Unabridged
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amphisbaena (ˌæmfɪsˈbiːnə)
n , pl -nae, -nas
1.  any worm lizard of the genus Amphisbaena
2.  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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