any of numerous worm lizards of the genus Amphisbaena.
Classical Mythology. a serpent having a head at each end of its body and the ability to move forward or backward.
The amphisbaena, supposed to have a head at each end and move either way.
The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4 Lucian of Samosata
noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
any worm lizard of the genus Amphisbaena
(classical myth) a poisonous serpent having a head at each end and able to move forwards or backwards
inhabitants of the tropics. n. 1620s, from Medieval Latin Amphiscii, from Greek amphiskioi “inhabitants of the tropics,” literally “throwing a shadow both ways,” from amphi- “on both sides” (see amphi-) + skia “shadow” (see shine (v.)). Inhabitants of torrid zones, so called because they are “people whose shadow is sometimes to the North, and sometimes […]
adjective (of a leaf) having stomata on both surfaces
amphistome amphistome am·phis·tome (ām’fĭ-stōm’) n. Any trematode of the genus Paramphistomum. Historical Examples From a zoological point of view the most interesting fact connected with Lewiss amphistome is the existence of a gastric pouch. Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
adjective (of certain animals, such as leeches) having a sucker at either end of the body