from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long slender salamander which lives in the mud, as Siren lacertina or Murænopsis tridactyla. Also called mudpuppy. See axolotl.
- n. An eel of any kind; especially, in New England, a yellow-bellied sluggish variety of the common eel, found in muddy water.
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The mud-eel and the Congo "snake" of the Southern States, and the "hell-bender" of the Ohio valley and south are all Salamanders.
His Excellency señor don What's-his-Name was in their eyes, a mud-eel, and in their lingo a _congrio_; the illustrious orator