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



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 OriginMiddle 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: salamander