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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amphisbaena  \Am`phis*b[ae]"na\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?;  ?  on  both 
  ends  +  ?  to  go.] 
  1.  A  fabled  serpent  with  a  head  at  each  end  moving  either 
  way  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  genus  of  harmless  lizards,  serpentlike  in 
  form  without  legs,  and  with  both  ends  so  much  alike  that 
  they  appear  to  have  a  head  at  each  and  ability  to  move 
  either  way  See  Illustration  in  Appendix. 
 
  Note:  The  {Gordius  aquaticus},  or  hairworm,  has  been  called 
  an  {amphisb[ae]na};  but  it  belongs  among  the  worms. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amphisbaena 
  n  1:  (classical  mythology)  a  serpent  with  a  head  at  each  end  of 
  its  body 
  2:  type  genus  of  the  Amphisbaenidae  [syn:  {Amphisbaena},  {genus 
  Amphisbaena},  {Amphisbaenia},  {genus  Amphisbaenia}] 




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