axolotl

noun
ax·​o·​lotl | \ ˈak-sə-ˌlä-tᵊl How to pronounce axolotl (audio) \

Definition of axolotl

: any of several salamanders (genus Ambystoma especially A. mexicanum and A. tigrinum) of mountain lakes of Mexico and the western U.S. that ordinarily live and breed in the larval form without metamorphosing

Examples of axolotl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The special ingredient seems to be a distinct set of chemicals that exist on axolotl, but not pig, retinas. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Nearly all the humans in my life are as contained today as an axolotl in a Parisian zoo. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 The axolotl’s unusually large genome may be useful for something. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 30 Mar. 2020 If an axolotl loses a limb, the appendage will grow back, at just the right size and orientation. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Salamanders, axolotl, and other animals with regenerative abilities have a type of molecule called microRNA, which help regulate joint tissue repair. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Humans have a 'salamander-like' ability to regrow cartilage, study finds," 10 Oct. 2019 Worse, the axolotl’s enormous and repetitive genome stubbornly resisted sequencing. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018 Most of the world’s laboratory axolotls are descended from 34 animals that came to Paris from Mexico in the 1860s. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018 Other scientists did take up those investigations, however, and researchers’ salamander of choice became the axolotl. Quanta Magazine, "Salamander’s Genome Guards Secrets of Limb Regrowth," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of axolotl

circa 1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for axolotl

Nahuatl āxōlōtl

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“Axolotl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axolotl. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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