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.
[Nahuatl 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 *sra'aw, one who is a double, from Proto-Uto-Aztecan *sn-, to be double, look like).]
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