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

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Tennessee Johnson City: East Tennessee State University researchers have developed a device to measure environmental preferences of salamanders that live in southern Appalachia. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019 The teeming hordes are devouring the islands’ insects and spiders, the same food that the endemic Farallon arboreal salamander needs to survive. Peter Fimrite,, "U.S. wildlife agency pulls plan to poison mice on Farallon Islands — for now," 10 July 2019 One of the salamander’s most unusual characteristics is its mucus production, which occurs in response to scraping or other types of external stimulation. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Giant Salamander Goo Is Great at Gluing Gashes," 7 June 2019 According to this view, cancer cells evolve and adapt to their environment, just as species of salamanders might adapt to a changing climate or spread to inhabit new territory. Quanta Magazine, "Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell," 13 Nov. 2013 The teeming hordes of mice are devouring the islands’ insects and spiders, the same food that the endemic Farallon arboreal salamander needs to survive. Peter Fimrite,, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 Other life forms there are burrowing owls, the Farallon camel cricket, the Farallon arboreal salamander and several sensitive plant species. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 More than 50 percent of frog, toad, salamander and caecilian species are at risk of extinction within the next 50 to 100 years due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution and disease, according to the zoo. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "More than 620 toads released by Denver Zoo in southwestern Utah," 27 June 2019 The Lake Pátzcuaro salamander can only be found in Mexico’s third largest lake. Fox News, "Mexican nuns work with biologists to save endangered salamander," 21 June 2019

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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


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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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