Definition of hellbender in English:

hellbender

Syllabification: hell·bend·er
Pronunciation: /ˈhelˌbendər
 
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noun

  • An aquatic giant salamander with grayish skin and a flattened head, native to North America.
    • Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, family Cryptobranchidae
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    • 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.

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