Definition of axolotl in English:


Line breaks: axo|lotl
Pronunciation: /ˈaksəlɒt(ə)l


  • A Mexican salamander which in natural conditions retains its aquatic newt-like larval form throughout life but is able to breed.
    • Ambystoma mexicanum, family Ambystomatidae
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    • A number of salamanders, such as the North American ‘mudpuppy’ and the Mexican axolotl, develop legs but retain their larval gills and stay in the water throughout their lifetimes.
    • Another family, the Ambystomatidae occurs in the New World from Canada to central Mexico and includes the tiger salamander and the axolotl.
    • Urodele amphibians such as newts and axolotls show a remarkable capacity for regenerating body structures such as tails, limbs, jaws, and the lens of the eye.


late 18th century: from Nahuatl, from atl 'water' + xolotl 'servant'.

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