Definitions for: Salamander


[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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: fire hook, poker, stove poker

See Also: alpine salamander, ambystomid, ambystomid salamander, amphibian, amphiuma, blind eel, climbing salamander, congo eel, congo snake, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, dicamptodon, Dicamptodon ensatus, dicamptodontid, dusky salamander, eastern red-backed salamander, European fire salamander, fire iron, fire salamander, giant salamander, hellbender, lungless salamander, Megalobatrachus maximus, mud puppy, mythical creature, mythical monster, Necturus maculosus, newt, olm, olympic salamander, Pacific giant salamander, Plethodon cinereus, Plethodon vehiculum, plethodont, Proteus anguinus, Rhyacotriton olympicus, Salamandra atra, Salamandra maculosa, Salamandra salamandra, siren, slender salamander, spotted salamander, triton, web-toed salamander, western red-backed salamander, worm salamander

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