Definition of salamander noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

salamander

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsæləmændə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæləmændər//
 
Amphibians and reptiles
 
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an animal like a lizard, with short legs and a long tail, that lives both on land and in water (= is an amphibian) See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles Word Origin Middle English (originally referring to a mythical lizard-like creature said to live in fire): from Old French salamandre, via Latin from Greek salamandra. The current sense dates from the early 17th cent.
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