salamander

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sal·a·man·der

noun \ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər also ˌsa-lə-ˈ\

: a small animal that looks like a lizard with smooth skin and that lives both on land and in water

Full Definition of SALAMANDER

1
:  a mythical animal having the power to endure fire without harm
2
:  an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus inhabiting fire
3
:  any of numerous amphibians (order Caudata) superficially resembling lizards but scaleless and covered with a soft moist skin and breathing by gills in the larval stage
4
:  an article used in connection with fire: as
a :  a cooking utensil for browning a food (as pastry or pudding)
b :  a portable stove
c :  a cooking device with an overhead heat source like a broiler
sal·a·man·drine \ˌsa-lə-ˈman-drən\ adjective

Origin of SALAMANDER

Middle English salamandre, from Anglo-French, from Latin salamandra, from Greek
First Known Use: 14th century

salamander

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Salamander (Salamandra terrestris)—Jacques Six

Any member of about 400 species in 10 amphibian families (order Caudata), commonly found in fresh water and damp woodlands, principally in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Salamanders are generally nocturnal, short-bodied, 4–6 in. (10–15 cm) long, and brightly coloured. They have a tail, two pairs of limbs of roughly the same size, moist, smooth skin, teeth on the jaws and roof of the mouth, and, usually, internal fertilization. The largest species, the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), is 5 ft (1.5 m) long. Salamanders eat insects, worms, snails, and other small animals, including members of their own species. See also hellbender; newt.

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