An·​dri·​as | \ ˈandrēəs \

Definition of Andrias

: a genus of large fossil Miocene salamanders scarcely distinct from the recent genus Cryptobranchus

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First Known Use of Andrias

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Andrias

New Latin, from Greek, image of a man, from andr-, anēr man; from the fact that the first specimen found was believed to be the remains of a man destroyed by the Deluge

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“Andrias.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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