From Latin Sīrēdones, alternative form of Sīrēnes (the Sirens) from Ancient Greek Σειρηδώνες (seirēdōnes) plural of Σειρηδών (seirēdōn) alternative form of Σειρήν (seirēn, Siren).


siredon (plural siredons)

  1. (zoology) The larval form of any salamander while it still has external gills, especially one of those which, like the axolotl, sometimes lay eggs while in this larval state, but which under more favourable conditions lose their gills and become normal salamanders.

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