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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.
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.
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]
sal•a•man•der(ˈsæl əˌmæn dər)
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.
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|Noun||1.||salamander - 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
fire salamander, Salamandra maculosa, spotted salamander - European salamander having dark skin with usually yellow spots
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
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
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|
|3.||salamander - fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire|
fire iron - metal fireside implements
salamander[ˈsæləˌmændəʳ] N → salamandra f
salamander[ˈsæləmændər] n → salamandre f
n → Salamander m; (Myth) → Feuergeist m