Meaning of Amphisbaenia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌamfɪsˈbiːnɪə/

plural noun

  • A group of reptiles which comprises the worm lizards.

    Suborder Amphisbaenia, order Squamata

    ‘This is one of a suborder of legless lizards called Amphisbaenia (one weird Mexican group actually has two front legs).’
    • ‘Snakes, lizards and Amphisbaenia are closely related and belong to a single order, Squamata, with three suborders.’
    • ‘Rhineura is a member of Amphisbaenia, a lineage of mostly limbless burrowing lizards known from the Paleocene onward.’
    • ‘About 150 members of the Suborder Amphisbaenia occur in Central and South America, Africa, and adjacent parts of Europe and Asia.’
    • ‘This remarkable condition tends to emphasize the distinct status of the Amphisbaenia within the Squamata, as a sister-group equivalent to the lizards or the snakes.’


Modern Latin, from Greek amphisbaina, from amphis ‘both’ + bainein ‘go, walk’.