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 Sure, some salamanders and other lizards and amphibians are capable of regenerating something like a tail, but the axolotl takes that ability and turns it up to the extreme. Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 June 2021 The previous record holder, the Mexican axolotl, has a genome made up of 32 billion base pairs. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2021 If an axolotl loses a limb, the appendage will grow back, at just the right size and orientation. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 If an axolotl loses a limb, the appendage will grow back, at just the right size and orientation. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 This movie shows immune cells, labeled to glow green, moving within a regenerating axolotl fingertip. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 If an axolotl loses a limb, the appendage will grow back, at just the right size and orientation. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 If an axolotl loses a limb, the appendage will grow back, at just the right size and orientation. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 The special ingredient seems to be a distinct set of chemicals that exist on axolotl, but not pig, retinas. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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