noun \ˈnüt, ˈnyüt\

: a small animal that lives mostly in water and that has four short legs, a long, low body and tail, and soft, wet skin

Full Definition of NEWT

:  any of various small salamanders (family Salamandridae) that are usually semiaquatic as adults

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Origin of NEWT

Middle English, alteration (resulting from misdivision of an ewte) of ewte — more at eft
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Warty newt (Triturus cristatus)—Toni Angermayer

Any of more than 40 salamander species (family Salamandridae) prevalent in the southeastern U.S. and Mexico and also found in Asia and Great Britain. Aquatic species are called newts; terrestrial species are called efts. Newts have a long, slender body, and the tail is higher than it is wide. They eat earthworms, insects, snails, and other small animals. Both aquatic and terrestrial species breed in ponds. The three species (genus Triturus) in Britain are sometimes called tritons. The red eft (Notophthalmus viridescens) of eastern North America is bright red during its terrestrial youth, after which it becomes permanently aquatic and dull green.

Variants of NEWT

newt or eft


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