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 asa : a cooking utensil for browning a food (such as pastry or pudding)b : a portable stovec : a cooking device with an overhead heat source like a broiler
salamandrineplay \ˌsa-lə-ˈman-drən\ adjective
Recent Examples of salamander from the Web
Nobody could figure out what was causing the deformed sperm until staff at the zoo started thinking about the hellbender eggs being more like fish eggs than like salamander eggs.
So far, scientists have studied how a handful of organisms reproduce in space, including rats, fish, salamanders, and sea urchins.
But new research suggests the Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is no deadbeat dad.
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Origin and Etymology of salamander
Middle English salamandre, from Anglo-French, from Latin salamandra, from Greek
First Known Use: 14th century
SALAMANDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of salamander for English Language Learners
: a small animal that looks like a lizard with smooth skin and that lives both on land and in water
SALAMANDER Defined for Kids
Definition of salamander for Students
: a small animal with smooth moist skin that is related to the frog but looks like a lizard
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