hellbender

noun
hell·​ben·​der | \ ˈhel-ˌben-dər How to pronounce hellbender (audio) \

Definition of hellbender

: a large aquatic usually brownish-gray salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of streams of the eastern and central U.S.

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The Center for Biological Diversity had petitioned for the hellbender to be listed as endangered in 2010. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 4 July 2021 Biologists leading outings with Oxbow River Snorkeling will be sure to point out species like river redhorse, central stonerollers and elusive eastern hellbender salamanders. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of hellbender

1812, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2021

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“Hellbender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellbender. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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