Definition of hellbender in English:

Share this entry

hellbender

Pronunciation: /ˈhelˌbendər/

noun

Image of hellbender
An aquatic giant salamander with grayish skin and a flattened head, native to North America.
  • Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, family Cryptobranchidae
Example sentences
  • The closest relative of the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders is the hellbender of the eastern US.
  • Other common predators include minks, otters, raccoons, turtles, hellbenders, fish, some species of birds, and humans.
  • Living relatives include the Asian giant salamander, which can grow as big as a small human adult, and the smaller hellbender of North America.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hell·bend·er

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.