Definitions for salamanderˈsæl əˌmæn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sal•a•man•derˈsæl əˌmæn dər(n.)

  1. any tailed amphibian of the order Caudata, having a soft, moist, scaleless skin, usu. aquatic as a larva and semiterrestrial as an adult.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  2. a mythical being, esp. a lizard or other reptile, thought to be able to live in fire.

    Category: Mythology

  3. a portable stove or burner.

Origin of salamander:

1300–50; < L salamandra < Gk salamándra

sal`a•man′droid(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salamander(noun)

    any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed

  2. salamander(noun)

    reptilian creature supposed to live in fire

  3. poker, stove poker, fire hook, salamander(noun)

    fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire

Wiktionary

  1. salamander(Noun)

    A long slender (usually) terrestrial amphibian, resembling a lizard and newt; taxonomic order Urodela

  2. salamander(Noun)

    A creature much like a lizard that is resistant to and lives in fire, hence the elemental being of fire.

  3. salamander(Noun)

    A metal utensil with a flat head which is heated and put over a dish to brown the top.

    1977: The salamander, a fairly long metal utensil with a flat rounded head, was left in the fire until red hot and then used to brown the top of a dish without further cooking. uE000163839uE001 Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41 (discussing 19th century cookery)

  4. salamander(Noun)

    In a professional kitchen a small broiler, used primarily for browning.

    The chef first put the steak under the salamander to sear the outside.

  5. salamander(Verb)

    To apply a salamander (flat iron utensil above) in a cooking process.

    19th C.: When cold, sprinkle the custard thickly with sugar and salamander it. uE000163840uE001 a 19th century cru00E8me bru00FBlu00E9e recipe quoted in Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41

  6. Origin: From Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from σαλαμάνδρα, of origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salamander(noun)

    any one of numerous species of Urodela, belonging to Salamandra, Amblystoma, Plethodon, and various allied genera, especially those that are more or less terrestrial in their habits

  2. Salamander(noun)

    the pouched gopher (Geomys tuza) of the Southern United States

  3. Salamander(noun)

    a culinary utensil of metal with a plate or disk which is heated, and held over pastry, etc., to brown it

  4. Salamander(noun)

    a large poker

  5. Salamander(noun)

    solidified material in a furnace hearth

Freebase

  1. Salamander

    Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have fewer. Their moist skin usually makes them reliant on habitats in or near water, or under some protection, often in a wetland. Some salamander species are fully aquatic throughout life, some take to the water intermittently, and some are entirely terrestrial as adults. Unique among vertebrates, they are capable of regenerating lost limbs, as well as other body parts. Many of the members of the family Salamandridae are known as newts. The earliest known salamander fossils have been found in geological deposits of China and Kazakhstan, which have been dated to the middle Jurassic period, up to 164 million years ago.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Salamander

    an elemental spirit conceived in the Middle Ages as an animal that lived in the fire as its proper element.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

newt(noun)

a type of small animal which lives on land and in water.

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