am·​phis·​bae·​na | \ ˌam(p)-fəs-ˈbē-nə How to pronounce amphisbaena (audio) \

Definition of amphisbaena

: a serpent in classical mythology having a head at each end and capable of moving in either direction

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amphisbaenic \ ˌam(p)-​fəs-​ˈbē-​nik How to pronounce amphisbaenic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web My list includes epipsychidion, subaqueous, crunk, antidisestablishmentarianism, zombie, amphisbaena, floccinaucinihilipilification, dudical, enantiomorphism and Taco Bell. John Brownlee, WIRED, "Wordie: Turning Word Lovers Into Lovers," 1 Dec. 2006

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First Known Use of amphisbaena

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphisbaena

Latin, from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis on both sides (from amphi around) + bainein to walk, go — more at by, come

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“Amphisbaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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