sal·​a·​man·​der | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər How to pronounce salamander (audio) 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
5 : a mass of unfused material (such as metallic iron or partially reduced ore) in the hearth of a blast furnace
6 : the pocket gopher (Geomys tuza) of the southeastern U.S.

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Other Words from salamander

salamandrine \ ˌsa-​lə-​ˈman-​drən How to pronounce salamander (audio) \ adjective

Examples of salamander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An essay on the axolotl, for example, includes descriptions of the salamander’s charming smile and regenerative capabilities running parallel to tales of microaggressions a brown woman might experience through childhood and adulthood. Deboki Chakravarti, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 Mystery is always, to me, like flipping a rock over in the woods and exposing that slithering, pale salamander that lives underneath. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2021 Godwin said the lack of sightings is a bad sign for the salamander’s population numbers in Alabama. Dennis Pillion |, al, 4 July 2021 Brook trout depend on these cooling infusions of icy water, as do many species of salamander, frog, toad, and fly. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 14 Aug. 2021 Solomon the salamander, snakes, toads and walking sticks are popular residents of the space, as well as the fish and honeybees. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 The hellbender is a large, fully aquatic salamander, growing to two feet long or more, that was historically found in 15 states, from northern Mississippi and Alabama to New York. Dennis Pillion |, al, 4 July 2021 That lightning rod is in the shape of a salamander, an animal once thought able to survive fire. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 The focus of his studies was a species of lungless salamander called plethodontids., 20 May 2021

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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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“Salamander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce salamander (audio) \

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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