hellbender
noun Date: 1812 a large aquatic usually brownish-gray salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) of streams of the eastern and central United States

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  • Hellbender — Hell bend er, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large North American aquatic salamander ({Protonopsis horrida} or {Menopoma Alleghaniensis}). It is very voracious and very tenacious of life. Also called {alligator}, and {water dog}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hellbender — Hellbender, so v.w. Riesensalamander …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Hellbender — Hellbender, s. Schlammteufel …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hellbender — Hellbender, s. Schlammteufel …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hellbender — Hellbender,   der Schlammteufel (Riesensalamander).   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hellbender — large salamander of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1812, supposedly so called for its ugliness …   Etymology dictionary

  • hellbender — ☆ hellbender [hel′ben΄dər ] n. a giant, primitive, edible salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, family Cryptobranchidae) with lidless eyes, found esp. in the Ohio valley …   English World dictionary

  • Hellbender — For other uses, see Hellbender (disambiguation). Hellbender Head is in lower right corner Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • hellbender — /hel ben deuhr/, n. 1. a large salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, of rivers and streams in eastern North America, having a flat, stout body and broad head. 2. Informal. a reckless or headstrong person. [1805 15, Amer.; HELL + BENDER] * * * …   Universalium

  • hellbender — [“helbenda* ] 1. n. a drinking bout. (Use caution with hell.) □ Jed is off on another of his hellbenders. □ One of his hellbenders can last for a week. 2. n. a heavy drinker; a drunkard. (The bender efers to bending the elbow with a drink in hand …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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