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

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Word History


Nahuatl āxōlōtl

First Known Use

circa 1768, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of axolotl was circa 1768

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“Axolotl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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ax·​o·​lotl ˈak-sə-ˌlät-əl How to pronounce axolotl (audio)
: any of several salamanders of mountain lakes of Mexico and the western U.S. that ordinarily live and breed while keeping the larval form

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