Salamander Definition

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[n] any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
[n] fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
[n] reptilian creature supposed to live in fire


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\Sal"a*man`der\, n. [F. salamandre, L. salamandra, Gr. ?; cf. Per. samander, samandel.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. Note: The salamanders have, like lizards, an elongated body, four feet, and a long tail, but are destitute of scales. They are true Amphibia, related to the frogs. Formerly, it was a superstition that the salamander could live in fire without harm, and even extinguish it by the natural coldness of its body. I have maintained that salamander of yours with fire any time this two and thirty years. --Shak. Whereas it is commonly said that a salamander extinguisheth fire, we have found by experience that on hot coals, it dieth immediately. --Sir T. Browne.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The pouched gopher ({Geomys tuza}) of the Southern United States.
3. A culinary utensil of metal with a plate or disk which is heated, and held over pastry, etc., to brown it.
4. A large poker. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
5. (Metal.) Solidified material in a furnace hearth. {Giant salamander}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Giant}. {Salamander's} {hair or wool} (Min.), a species of asbestus or mineral flax. [Obs.] --Bacon.

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