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Definition of the noun Amphisbæna

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  1. A mythical serpent having a head at each end of its body, able to move in either direction.
  2. [zoology] A [l, en, genus] of lizards, native to the Americas, having extremities which are very similar.


  1. Amphisbæna a.k.a. Amphisbaena is a genus in the family Amphisbaenidae, commonly known as the worm lizards. Over 100 species are placed in this diverse genus.
  2. Amphisbæna a.k.a. Amphisbaena, amphisbaina, amphisbene, amphisboena, amphisbona, amphista, amfivena,amphivena, or anphivena, a Greek word, from amphis, meaning "both ways", and bainein, meaning "to go", also called the Mother of Ants, is a mythological, ant-eating serpent with a head at each end. According to Greek mythology, the amphisbaena was spawned from the blood that dripped from the Gorgon Medusa's head as Perseus flew over the Libyan Desert with it in his hand. Cato's army then encountered it along with other serpents on the march. Amphisbaenae fed off of the corpses left behind. The amphisbaena has been referred to by the poets, such as Nicander, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and A. E. Housman, and the amphisbaena as a mythological and legendary creature has been referenced by Lucan, Pliny the Elder, Isidore of Seville, and Thomas Browne, the last of whom debunked its existence.
    • also known as 兩頭蛇
  3. Amphisbæna a.k.a. Amphisbaena: In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the amphisbaena is a snake-like magical beast based upon the Amphisbaena of Greek Mythology.

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Google previewThe Works of Richard Owen Cambridge, Esq (1803)

Including Several Pieces Never Before Published by Richard Owen Cambridge, George Owen Cambridge

The amphisbæna is a serpent said to have two heads, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1810)

Amphisbæna fuliginosa, the sooty amphisbæna : colour fuliginous, with whitish variegations; rings on the body 200 or 209, on the tail 30 or 35. Grows to the length of from one to two feet ; eyes exceedingly small, and covered by a membrane ...

Google previewThe Physical Dictionary, Wherein the Terms of Anatomy, the Names and Causes of Diseases, Chirurgical Instruments, and Their Use, are Accurately Described ... The Seventh Edition, Etc (1726)


Amphisbæna, a fort ofSerpent. Amphiblestroides, or the Tunica, Retina of the Eye , is a soft, white, and flimy Substance; which is fo nam'd, because that being thrown in the Water, it resembles a Net. It shoots from the very Center of the Optick ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Crotalus, Boa, Coluber, Anguis, Amphisbæna, Coecilia. The generic characters of this class are taken from ...

Google previewThe Physical Dictionary ... The Sixth Edition: with the Addition of Many Thousand Terms of Art, and Their Explanation ... Also a Catalogue of the Characters Us'd in Physick, Etc (1715)


Amphisbæna, a fort of Serpent. Amphiblestroides, or the Tunica Retina of the Eye , is a foft, white, . and flimy Substance; which is fo nam'd,because that being throwit in the Water, it resembles a Net. It shoots from the very Center of the Optick ...

Google previewBibliotheca classica; or, A classical dictionary (1792)

containing a full account of all the proper names mentioned in ancient authors. With tables of coins, weights, and measures, in use among the Greeks and Romans. To which is now prefixed a chronological table by John Lemprière

Amphisbæna, a two-headed serpent in ...

Google previewThe new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and sciences (1807)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

the crotalus, or rattle- snake ; the boa; the coluber, or viper; the anguis, or snake; the amphisbæna, ...

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