am·​bys·​to·​ma | \ amˈbistəmə \

Definition of ambystoma

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Ambystomidae) of common salamanders confined to America and characterized by amphicoelous vertebrae, short prevomers, and internal fertilization
2 plural -s : a salamander of the genus Ambystoma — see axolotl

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Other Words from ambystoma

ambystomid \ -​mə̇d , -​ˌmid \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of ambystoma

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambystoma

New Latin, irregular from ambly- + -stoma

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“Ambystoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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