\ ˈnüt How to pronounce newt (audio) , ˈnyüt \

Definition of newt

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Wrapped around the silly storytelling is a score that may not include a signature tune but happily does not stem the momentum of a show that is already a few eye of newt too long. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Gifted cast makes ‘The Addams Family’ a treat at Welk Resort Theatre," 7 Sep. 2019 The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: Eye of newt, toe of frog, voice of Bette. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hocus Pocus': THR's 1993 Review," 16 July 2019 The menu is refreshingly basic—no crazy ingredients or tinctures, no eye of newt. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "17 Best Bars in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 Here are some memorable words from Thursday's finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: EBBET A common green newt. Ben Nuckols, Fox News, "Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee," 1 June 2018 Here are some memorable words from Thursday’s finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: EBBET A common green newt. Washington Post, "Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 Just don’t accidentally trade a gray newt for a Babe Ruth. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Science," 11 Oct. 2017 Not all witches deal in cemetery dirt and eyes of newt — this limited-edition purse spray is for the Glindas, Sabrinas, and Hermiones out there. Meirav Devash, Allure, "13 Halloween Beauty Products That Are Spooky AF," 6 Oct. 2017 Adam Dublinske, a 20-year-old from Milford, Iowa, and other Marines joined the biologists’ efforts to watch for newts. David Whiting, Orange County Register, "Here’s why Marines are blowing up 3 dams in Orange County’s canyons," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of newt

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for newt

Middle English, alteration (resulting from misdivision of an ewte) of ewte — more at eft

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The first known use of newt was in the 15th century

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“Newt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of newt

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


\ ˈnüt How to pronounce newt (audio) , ˈnyüt \

Kids Definition of newt

: a small salamander that often lives on land but lays eggs in water

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