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hellbender

[hel-ben-der] /ˈhɛlˌbɛn dər/
noun
1.
a large salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in eastern North America, having a flat, stout body and broad head.
2.
Informal. a reckless or headstrong person.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism; hell + bender
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hellbender

/ˈhɛlˌbɛndə/
noun
1.
a very large dark grey aquatic salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, with internal gills: inhabits rivers in E and central US: family Cryptobranchidae
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hellbender

n.

large salamander of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1812, supposedly so called for its ugliness.

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