hellbender

noun

hell·​ben·​der ˈhel-ˌben-dər How to pronounce hellbender (audio)
: a large aquatic usually brownish-gray salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of streams of the eastern and central U.S.

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the same transposons were present in both the plethodontids and hellbender, which suggested that the parasites had first multiplied out of control in the ancestor of all living salamanders, more than 200 million years ago. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 Mueller and her colleagues used high-throughput sequencing to analyze hundreds of thousands of random DNA snippets from six species of plethodontid salamanders, as well as another species called hellbender. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2022 The hellbender, for example, is a small salamander now found only in the state’s Blue River watershed. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 The hellbender, for example, is a small salamander now found only in the state’s Blue River watershed. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 If the hellbender can survive there, then many other species will too. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 4 July 2021 The hellbender, for example, is a small salamander now found only in the state’s Blue River watershed. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 The hellbender, for example, is a small salamander now found only in the state’s Blue River watershed. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 The hellbender, for example, is a small salamander now found only in the state’s Blue River watershed. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Hellbender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellbender. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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hellbender

noun
hell·​ben·​der ˈhel-ˌben-dər How to pronounce hellbender (audio)
: a large water-dwelling salamander of streams of the eastern and central U.S.

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