Amphisbaenous

amphisbaena

[am-fuhs-bee-nuh]
noun, plural amphisbaenae [am-fuhs-bee-nee] , amphisbaenas.
1.
any of numerous worm lizards of the genus Amphisbaena.
2.
Classical Mythology. a serpent having a head at each end of its body and the ability to move forward or backward.

Origin:
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
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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]
 
amphis'baenic
 
adj

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