American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several salamanders (genus Ambystoma) native to Mexico and the western United States that, unlike most amphibians, often retain their external gills and become sexually mature without undergoing metamorphosis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A urodele or tailed amphibian found in Mexico, which is supposed not to undergo metamorphosis, but to retain its gills throughout life, breeding in the larval state. From this circumstance the animal was made the type of a distinct genus, Siredon, and was placed with Proteus, Siren, etc., in the family Proteidœ, under the name of Siredon pisciforme. Another species has been named Siredon lichenoides. Later observations, however, have shown that the axolotl, or siredon, is simply a prolonged, sometimes permanent, stage like that which all the species of salamandrines of the family Amblystomidœ pass through, and that the animal is referable to the genus Amblystoma. Axolotls are common in lakes and lagoons in Mexico, like the various species of Amblystoma known in the United States as mud-puppies, water-dogs, etc. They have the appearance of gigantic tadpoles about to turn into frogs, being from 6 to 9 inches long, with a large compressed tail, 4 legs, gill-tufts on each side of the neck, and obtuse fiattened head. They are marketable in Mexico, where they are said to be deemed a luxury as an article of food.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An amphibian of the salamander tribe found in the elevated lakes of Mexico; the siredon.
- n. larval salamander of mountain lakes of Mexico that usually lives without metamorphosing
- From Nahuatl axolotl. (Wiktionary)
- Nahuatl. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But this eye is by no means as developed as the organ of vision, for instance, of the water salamander (the triton) or of the so-called axolotl, for it exists only in a kind of embryonic development, and contains neither a vitreous humor nor a lens for the refraction of the rays of light.”
“Among the world's varied creatures, a Mexican salamander called the axolotl appears best at regrowing whole limbs lost to injury.”
“The axolotl is the champion of vertebrate regeneration, with the ability to replace whole limbs and even parts of its central nervous system," says Edward Scott, Ph. D., principal investigator for the grant and director of the McKnight Brain Institute's program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.”
“The axolotl is the highest, most complex organism that can still do this clever trick of completely reconstructing a whole body part in adulthood," said Arlene Chiu, Ph. D., a scientific adviser for the Regeneration Project and director of New Research Initiatives at Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope.”
“The axolotl is the champion of vertebrate regeneration, with the ability to replace whole limbs and even parts of its central nervous system," Scott said.”
“Limb regeneration in the axolotl occurs when undifferentiated cells accumulate under the wound epidermis at the amputation site, a process known as the establishment of a blastema.”
“The curious "axolotl," which we shall meet with in Mexico, belongs to a closely allied genus.”
“Interest in "axolotl" (our personal favorite) all spiked for, we assume, the first time in history.”
“It's a brief, amazing story about the narrator who may be a boy, or a man, or an axolotl, becoming obsessed with axolotls in an aquarium.”
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