sal·​a·​man·​der | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər also ˌsa-lə-ˈman- \

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: such as
a : a cooking utensil for browning a food (such as pastry or pudding)
b : a portable stove
c : a cooking device with an overhead heat source like a broiler

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Other Words from salamander

salamandrine \ ˌsa-​lə-​ˈman-​drən \ adjective

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And then, Gillman says, there is potential environmental damage — such as to the toad or salamander shading itself beneath those weeds. Margaret Roach, Good Housekeeping, "Why It Can Be Dangerous to Use Vinegar to Kill Weeds," 15 Aug. 2018 Throughout the exhaustive search, the researchers only located 24 Chinese giant salamanders in the wild. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Adorable Chinese Giant Salamander Is Slithering Toward Extinction," 21 May 2018 For the past 150 years, the nuns in the convent had been sustainably raising the rare salamanders. National Geographic, "Nuns Resurrect Endangered Salamanders in First-of-its-Kind Conservation Effort," 19 June 2018 The salamanders are captured, measured, weighted, implanted with small computer chips for identification, then returned to the river, according to the news release. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Belle Isle's aquatic salamanders get a close-up at Mudpuppypalooza," 8 Apr. 2018 At least 140 other species, including worms, octopuses and salamanders, carry the toxin. 14. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Poison," 25 Sep. 2018 Any salamanders that remain in farms will be an amalgamation of those species. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "The world’s largest amphibian is being bred to extinction," 21 May 2018 Mudpuppies, slime dogs or snot otters: Despite the quirky nicknames, salamanders living in the Detroit River can be a useful indicator of water quality. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Belle Isle's aquatic salamanders get a close-up at Mudpuppypalooza," 8 Apr. 2018 Because the aquatic salamanders breathe through their skin, hellbenders can't survive in dirty water. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "If you see one of these slimy creatures, NC officials want to hear about it | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of salamander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salamander

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

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English Language Learners Definition of salamander

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


sal·​a·​man·​der | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər \

Kids Definition of salamander

: a small animal with smooth moist skin that is related to the frog but looks like a lizard

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