What does salamander mean?

Definitions for salamanderˈsæl əˌmæn dər

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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


  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

  6. Origin: [F. salamandre, L. salamandra, Gr. ; cf. Per. samander, samandel.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salamander

    sal′a-man-dėr, n. a genus of tailed Amphibians, nearly related to the newts, harmless, but long dreaded as poisonous, once supposed able to live in fire: (her.) a four-legged creature with a long tail surrounded by flames: a poker used red-hot for kindling fires: a hot metal plate for browning meat, &c.—adjs. Salaman′driform; Salaman′drine, like a salamander: enduring fire; Salaman′droid—also n. [Fr. salamandre—L.,—Gr. salamandra; of Eastern origin.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salamander in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salamander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Professor Auke Ijspeert:

    It's a key animal from an evolutionary point of view, it's older than crocodiles and dinosaurs; it's an amphibian. So if you look at the modern salamander, its morphology and body shape is very close to the fossils of the first terrestrial vertebrates. So by studying the modern salamander we have a time window to the ancestors of all terrestrial vertebrates, including humans.

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