mud puppy

mudpuppy

[muhd-puhp-ee]
noun, plural mudpuppies.
1.
any of several often large, aquatic salamanders of the genus Necturus, of eastern North America, having bushy, red gills and well-developed limbs.
2.
any of several North American salamanders of the genus Ambystoma.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; mud + puppy

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To mud puppy
Collins
World English Dictionary
mud puppy
 
n
See also neoteny any aquatic North American salamander of the genus Necturus, esp N. maculosus, having red feathery external gills and other persistent larval features: family Proteidae

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

mud puppy

any of five species of entirely aquatic salamanders in a genus (Necturus) belonging to the family Proteidae (or Necturidae), in the order Caudata. Their popular name derives from the mistaken belief that they are able to bark. They are found in lakes, rivers, and swamps of eastern North America. Species inhabiting the southern United States are commonly called water dogs

Learn more about mud puppy with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature