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 axolotl, squishy mystery of an amphibian, lives beneath the surface of the water and its external gills crown its face like the headdress of an ancient warrior., 23 June 2022 Zoo officials expect the pink axolotl will be a big hit with kids. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 An axolotl pulled from the waters of Xochimilco last month in Mexico City. Sarah E. Needleman And Salvador Rodriguez, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Researchers published the first complete salamander genome, for the Mexican axolotl. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 An essay on the axolotl, for example, includes descriptions of the salamander’s charming smile and regenerative capabilities running parallel to tales of microaggressions a brown woman might experience through childhood and adulthood. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 More specifically, Godwin demonstrated that when an axolotl had too few of these immune cells to react to an injury, a missing body part couldn’t be regrown and a scar appeared instead. Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 June 2021 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 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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