tiger salamander

noun

Definition of tiger salamander

: a large widely distributed North American salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum of the family Ambystomatidae) that is variably colored with contrasting blotches, spots, or bars

Examples of tiger salamander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes the fluorescence was striking, as in the Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "Salamanders and Frogs Light Up with Secret Superpower," 27 Feb. 2020 The tiger salamander suddenly pops with brilliant green spots. Matt Simon, Wired, "So, Amphibians Glow. Humans Just Couldn't See It—Until Now," 27 Feb. 2020 Amphibians, mollusks and arthropods – including the Sonoran tiger salamander, white wartyback pearly mussel and Florida leafwing butterfly – were sensitive to the greatest number of factors related to climate change. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Feds aren't doing enough to protect endangered species from climate change, study finds," 19 Nov. 2019 In addition to seeing the average date when, for example, the tiger salamander emerges from hibernation, the calendar describes how the variability in weather conditions can affect the timing. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin books and a calendar to consider as gifts this season," 14 Dec. 2019 By the way, Kansas already had a state bird (western meadowlark), state animal (American buffalo) and state amphibian (barred tiger salamander). Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas finally has official rock, mineral and gem, thanks to Overland Park 4th-grader | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tiger salamander

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Tiger salamander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20salamander. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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