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

Other Words from amphisbaena

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

Examples of amphisbaena in a Sentence

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First Known Use of amphisbaena

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphisbaena

Middle English amphibaena, borrowed from Latin amphisbaena, borrowed from Greek amphísbaina, from amphís "on both sides" (adverbial derivative of amphí "around, about") + -baina, a conflation of the present stem of baínein "to go, step" and the suffix -aina of animal names (as mýraina "moray eel," drákaina "she-dragon") — more at ambient entry 1, come entry 1

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“Amphisbaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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