sal·​a·​man·​der ˈsa-lə-ˌman-dər How to pronounce salamander (audio)
 also  ˌsa-lə-ˈman-
: a mythical animal having the power to endure fire without harm
: an elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus inhabiting fire
: 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
: an article used in connection with fire: such as
: a cooking utensil for browning a food (such as pastry or pudding)
: a portable stove
: a cooking device with an overhead heat source like a broiler
: a mass of unfused material (such as metallic iron or partially reduced ore) in the hearth of a blast furnace
: the pocket gopher (Geomys tuza) of the southeastern U.S.
salamandrine adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At high risk is the Chinese giant salamander, one of the largest amphibians in the world. Heather Chen, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 Gerrymandering has been an intermittent cause of outrage and argument since long before the word was coined in 1812 to describe the salamander-like Massachusetts state senate district created during the governorship of Elbridge Gerry. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 24 June 2022 After the federal government listed the Barton Springs salamander as endangered in accordance with the Endangered Species Act in 1997, other practices were changed to protect the salamanders. James Gaines, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 Desiree Moore, a research biologist for the Aquatic Resources Center, removes one salamander with a net and places it on a gloved hand. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 16 May 2022 Today, the marshland boasts native grasses, wildflowers, and species like the Jefferson salamander, American toad, woodcock, and bald eagle. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 2022 Watching a film of the wandering salamander floating and hovering like an astronaut aboard the space station leaves the impression that the animal is having a very good time. New York Times, 26 May 2022 Brown and UC Berkeley graduate student Erik Sathe compared the behavior of the wandering salamander to that of three other species that are native to Northern California. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2022 There are approximately 750 species of salamander known to science, with about a third of which are found in North America. Dennis Pillion |, al, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of salamander was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Salamander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



sal·​a·​man·​der ˈsal-ə-ˌman-dər How to pronounce salamander (audio)
: an imaginary creature not harmed by fire
: any of an order of amphibians that are covered with scaleless usually smooth moist skin and look like lizards

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