Definition of amphisbaena in English:
A legendary serpent with a head at each end.
- 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.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis 'both ways' + bainein 'go'.
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