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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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 The study found that while climate change may worsen the conditions for salamanders, the amphibians have behavioral characteristics that can help then remain resistant to the extreme climates. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 Unlike other salamanders, the mudpuppy is aquatic for the entirety of its life cycle and is easily identified by its external bushy reddish gills visible behind its head. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 The mudpuppy is Michigan’s largest salamander, reaching lengths up to 15 inches. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 Small creatures that survived by virtue of being underground or underwater — ants, beetles, spiders, mice, fish, salamanders — would grow and multiply. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 The group learned about tree frogs, mole salamanders, African bullfrogs, and more during the session. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Children's Museum Campers Get Close With Nature," 23 Apr. 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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