red eft

eft

1
[eft]
noun
  1. a newt, especially the eastern newt, Notophthalmus viridescens (red eft), in its immature terrestrial stage.
  2. Obsolete. a lizard.

Origin of eft

1
before 1000; Middle English evet(e), Old English efete; cf. newt
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British Dictionary definitions for red eft

eft

1
noun
  1. a dialect or archaic name for a newt
  2. any of certain terrestrial newts, such as Diemictylus viridescens (red eft) of eastern North America

Word Origin for eft

Old English efeta

eft

2
adverb
  1. archaic
    1. again
    2. afterwards

Word Origin for eft

Old English; see aft, after
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Word Origin and History for red eft

eft

n.

Old English efte, efeta "small lizard-like animal," of unknown origin (see newt).

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