any of various members of a genus (Ambystoma) of dark salamanders of Mexico and the W U.S. that mature sexually and breed while remaining in the gilled larval stage due to a thyroid deficiency
Origin of axolotlSpanish from Nahuatl a:šo:lo? from a:?, water + šo:lo:?, naked
Any of several salamanders of the genus Ambystoma of Mexico and the western United States that do not go through metamorphosis, becoming sexually mature while in an aquatic larval form with external gills.
Origin of axolotlNahuatl āxōlōtl ātl, ā- water ( akin to Hopi paahu, paa- water ) ( from Proto-Uto-Aztecan pa' ) xōlōtl twin, the dog-headed god Xolotl (the twin of Quetzalcoatl), monstrous birth, monster, dwarf, servant ( akin to Paiute sinawava coyote, the Paiute coyote god ) ( from Proto-Uto-Aztecan s&istroke;ra'aw&istroke; one who is a double ) ( from Proto-Uto-Aztecan s&istroke;n- to be double, look like )
From Nahuatl axolotl.