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 salamandrine (audio) \ adjective

Examples of salamander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Japanese giant salamander, Andrias japonicus, can attain a total length of about five feet. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This 18th-Century Naturalist Believed He’d Discovered an Eyewitness to the Biblical Flood," 16 Jan. 2020 Alternatively interpreted as a dragon referencing Henry’s Welsh ancestry or a salamander—Francis’ personal symbol—the enormous kite was a feat of engineering. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Henry VIII and Francis I Spent $19 Million on an 18-Day Party," 23 June 2020 With that, Cuvier established the decidedly non-human skeleton was, in fact, that of an extinct giant salamander. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This 18th-Century Naturalist Believed He’d Discovered an Eyewitness to the Biblical Flood," 16 Jan. 2020 Many viewers wrote in, unprompted, that the salamander was their favorite character. Nick Romano,, "The heartbreaking story behind a Frozen 2 character and other moments from Into the Unknown," 27 June 2020 The Huanan market had a section that sold wild animals like live wolf pups, salamanders, civets, and bamboo rats. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Wet markets are not wildlife markets, so stop calling for their ban," 16 Apr. 2020 Its name comes from a Massachusetts redistricting that gave early 19th century Boston-area districts the appearance of a salamander. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Slay the Dragon’ investigates redistricting," 2 Apr. 2020 Mature muscle, in both salamanders and people, contains stem cells called satellite cells. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 At first glance, most salamanders don’t stand out: Their mottled, earth-toned skin helps them blend into the background of forests and streams around the world. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Coronavirus’ next phase, glowing newts, and Japan’s cruise ship fiasco," 28 Feb. 2020

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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 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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