Meaning of Menopoma in English:


Pronunciation /mɛnə(ʊ)ˈpəʊmə/


rare Zoology
  • A genus (now usually included in the genus Cryptobranchus) of tailed amphibians of the family Cryptobranchidae, comprising only the North American hellbender; (also menopoma) an amphibian of this genus, a hellbender.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Todd's Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology. From scientific Latin Menopoma, genus name, irregularly from ancient Greek μένειν, which does not form compounds in μενο- in Greek + πῶμα lid, so called from the persistence of the external gill slits in the adult.