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sal·a·man·der

 (săl′ə-măn′dər)
n.
1. Any of various small, tailed amphibians of the order Caudata, having porous scaleless skin and usually two pairs of limbs of equal size, found chiefly in northern temperate regions.
2.
a. A mythical creature, generally resembling a lizard, believed capable of living in or withstanding fire.
b. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being having fire as its element.
3. An object, such as a poker, used in fire or capable of withstanding heat.
4. Metallurgy A mass of solidified material, largely metallic, left in a blast-furnace hearth.
5. A portable stove used to heat or dry buildings under construction.

[Middle English salamandre, from Old French, from Latin salamandra, from Greek.]

sal′a·man′drine (-drĭn) adj.

salamander

(ˈsæləˌmændə)
n
1. (Animals) any of various urodele amphibians, such as Salamandra salamandra (European fire salamander) of central and S Europe (family Salamandridae). They are typically terrestrial, have an elongated body, and only return to water to breed
2. (Animals) chiefly US and Canadian any urodele amphibian
3. (European Myth & Legend) a mythical reptile supposed to live in fire
4. (European Myth & Legend) an elemental fire-inhabiting being
5. any person or thing able to exist in fire or great heat
6. (Metallurgy) metallurgy a residue of metal and slag deposited on the walls of a furnace
7. (Building) a portable stove used to dry out a building under construction
[C14: from Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from Greek]
salamandrine adj

sal•a•man•der

(ˈsæl 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.
2. a mythical being, esp. a lizard or other reptile, thought to be able to live in fire.
3. a portable stove or burner.
[1300–50; < Latin salamandra < Greek salamándra]
sal`a•man′drine (-drɪn) adj.
sal`a•man′droid, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breedsalamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
European fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra - a kind of European salamander
fire salamander, Salamandra maculosa, spotted salamander - European salamander having dark skin with usually yellow spots
alpine salamander, Salamandra atra - ovoviviparous amphibian of the Alps
newt, triton - small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia
ambystomid, ambystomid salamander - small to moderate-sized terrestrial or semiaquatic New World salamander
Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, hellbender, mud puppy - large salamander of North American rivers and streams
giant salamander, Megalobatrachus maximus - large (up to more than three feet) edible salamander of Asia
olm, Proteus anguinus - European aquatic salamander with permanent external gills that lives in caves
mud puppy, Necturus maculosus - aquatic North American salamander with red feathery external gills
dicamptodon, dicamptodontid - salamanders found near cold streams throughout the year
Dicamptodon ensatus, Pacific giant salamander - large (to 7 inches) salamander of western North America
olympic salamander, Rhyacotriton olympicus - small large-eyed semiaquatic salamander of the United States Northwest
lungless salamander, plethodont - mostly terrestrial salamanders that breathe through their thin moist skin; lay eggs in moist places on land; rarely enter water
eastern red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus - common salamander of eastern North America
Plethodon vehiculum, western red-backed salamander - salamander of the Pacific coast of North America
dusky salamander - common North American salamander mottled with dull brown or greyish-black
climbing salamander - any of several North American salamanders adapted for climbing with well-developed limbs and long somewhat squared-off toes
slender salamander, worm salamander - any of several small slim salamanders of the Pacific coast of the United States
web-toed salamander - any of several salamanders with webbed toes and very long extensile tongues; excellent climbers that move with ease over smooth rock surfaces
amphiuma, blind eel, congo eel, congo snake - aquatic eel-shaped salamander having two pairs of very small feet; of still muddy waters in the southern United States
siren - eellike aquatic North American salamander with small forelimbs and no hind limbs; have permanent external gills
2.salamander - reptilian creature supposed to live in fire
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
3.salamander - fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handlesalamander - fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
fire iron - metal fireside implements
Translations
salamandr
salamanteri
בעלי זנב
szalamandra
salamandra
salamandra
semender

salamander

[ˈsæləˌmændəʳ] Nsalamandra f

salamander

[ˈsæləmændər] nsalamandre f

salamander

nSalamander m; (Myth) → Feuergeist m

salamander

[ˈsæləˌmændəʳ] nsalamandra
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But clear Truth is a thing for salamander giants only to encounter; how small the chances for the provincials then?
If that will be YOUR married look, I, as a Christian, will soon give up the notion of consorting with a mere sprite or salamander.
got from me what I had kept these three-and-twenty years and more, defending it against Moors and Christians, natives and strangers; and I always as hard as an oak, and keeping myself as pure as a salamander in the fire, or wool among the brambles, for this good fellow to come now with clean hands to handle me
We had had a glimpse, from a mountain top, of the Dead Sea, lying like a blue shield in the plain of the Jordan, and now we were marching down a close, flaming, rugged, desolate defile, where no living creature could enjoy life, except, perhaps, a salamander.
In truth," said Gringoire to himself, "she is a salamander, she is a nymph, she is a goddess, she is a bacchante of the Menelean Mount
Or I was attracted by the passage of wild pigeons from this wood to that, with a slight quivering winnowing sound and carrier haste; or from under a rotten stump my hoe turned up a sluggish portentous and outlandish spotted salamander, a trace of Egypt and the Nile, yet our contemporary.
And besides there is hardly a woman in the world, no matter how hard, depraved or frantic, in whom something of the maternal instinct does not survive, unconsumed like a salamander, in the fires of the most abandoned passion.
Is a Teton horse a salamander that he can walk amid fiery flames unhurt, or do you think the Lord will show his might in your behalf, as in the days of old, and carry you harmless through such a furnace as you may see glowing beneath yonder red sky?
She would say, 'Take a salamander,' as if a general should command a private to catch a Tartar.
During their games, their bounds, while rivalling each other in beauty, brightness, and velocity, I distinguished the green labre; the banded mullet, marked by a double line of black; the round-tailed goby, of a white colour, with violet spots on the back; the Japanese scombrus, a beautiful mackerel of these seas, with a blue body and silvery head; the brilliant azurors, whose name alone defies description; some banded spares, with variegated fins of blue and yellow; the woodcocks of the seas, some specimens of which attain a yard in length; Japanese salamanders, spider lampreys, serpents six feet long, with eyes small and lively, and a huge mouth bristling with teeth; with many other species.
if he isn’t burnt and buried in a grave of his own digging, he’s made of salamanders.
This gully was about a third of the way up the mountain, and it was filled to the brim with red-hot molten lava in which swam fire-serpents and poisonous salamanders.