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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.
Historical Examples

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


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