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salamander

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noun sal·a·man·der \ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər also ˌsa-lə-ˈ\

Simple Definition of salamander

  • : 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. 1 :  a mythical animal having the power to endure fire without harm

  2. 2 :  an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus inhabiting fire

  3. 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. 4 :  an article used in connection with fire: asa :  a cooking utensil for browning a food (as pastry or pudding)b :  a portable stovec :  a cooking device with an overhead heat source like a broiler

sal·a·man·drine play \ˌsa-lə-ˈman-drən\ adjective

Origin of salamander

Middle English salamandre, from Anglo-French, from Latin salamandra, from Greek


First Known Use: 14th century



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