mudpuppy

noun
mud·​pup·​py | \ ˈməd-ˌpə-pē How to pronounce mudpuppy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mud puppy

Definition of mudpuppy

: a large North American salamander (Necturus maculosus) that has external gills and is gray to rusty brown usually with bluish-black spots

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Examples of mudpuppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dams on the river have also flooded out at least two of the streams where the mudpuppy was once found. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Black Warrior waterdog warns of degraded waterways in Alabama," 25 Oct. 2019 The waterdog, also called the Alabama mudpuppy, is found only in a handful of tributaries to the Black Warrior River in Alabama, in the heart of the state’s coal country. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Black Warrior waterdog warns of degraded waterways in Alabama," 25 Oct. 2019 Some people have confused it with a mudpuppy, but those amphibians have four legs, not two. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "You might find this creepy, eel-like critter in Indiana waterways," 18 June 2018 The mudpuppy is Michigan’s largest salamander, reaching lengths up to 15 inches. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 Some people have confused it with a mudpuppy, but those amphibians have four legs, not two. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "You might find this creepy, eel-like critter in Indiana waterways," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of mudpuppy

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Mudpuppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudpuppy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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