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axolotl Syllabification: ax·o·lotl
Pronunciation: /ˈaksəˌlädl/

Definition of axolotl in English:


A Mexican salamander which in natural conditions retains its aquatic newtlike larval form throughout life but is able to breed.
  • Ambystoma mexicanum, family Ambystomatidae
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with axolotl

bottle, dottle, glottal, mottle, pottle, throttle, wattle

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