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amphisbaena

Syllabification: am·phis·bae·na
Pronunciation: /ˌamfəsˈbēnə
 
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Definition of amphisbaena in English:

noun

A legendary serpent with a head at each end.
Example sentences
  • The Chichester Cathedral misericord of the amphisbaena is shown to be a memento mori by the surrounding carvings.
  • Adventurers fighting an amphisbaena need to be doubly careful, since both heads are capable of attacking and even swallowing assailants with ease.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci wrote accounts about the amphisbaena as a living creature, giving details on how the serpent caught rodents as prey by confusing it with its two heads.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis 'both ways' + bainein 'go'.

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