Definition of Amphisbaenia in English:

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Amphisbaenia

Pronunciation: /ˌamfɪsˈbiːnɪə/

plural noun

Zoology
A group of reptiles which comprises the worm lizards.
  • Suborder Amphisbaenia, order Squamata
Example sentences
  • This is one of a suborder of legless lizards called Amphisbaenia (one weird Mexican group actually has two front legs).
  • Snakes, lizards and Amphisbaenia are closely related and belong to a single order, Squamata, with three suborders.
  • Rhineura is a member of Amphisbaenia, a lineage of mostly limbless burrowing lizards known from the Paleocene onward.

Derivatives

amphisbaenian

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Caecilians, urodeles and some anurans, snakes, amphisbaenians and some lizards have a stapes, which may be attached to the shoulder girdle or skin, and are well suited to detecting low frequency vibrations from the substrate.
  • Scleroglossa is a diverse and speciose group including all remaining lizard families, plus snakes and amphisbaenians.
  • In snakes and amphisbaenians M. iliocostalis has its origin from either a tendon (most squamates) or a tendonous sheet arising from the anteroventral half of M. longissimus dorsi.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis 'both' + bainein 'go, walk'.

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