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Origin of salamander
Examples from the Web for salamander
It was on this occasion that Swift lampooned the lieutenant-general in his Ode to a Salamander.
Sprinkle grated breadcrumbs over, brown with a salamander, and serve with brown gravy.Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode|Harriet A. de Salis
The salamander, indeed, is in many ways better than the toad as an example of the class.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
I suspected the enchanting Jahel to have been sent by the cabalist to play the part of a Salamander with me.The Queen Pedauque|Anatole France
A particular toast, called a Salamander, accorded to some guest as a special distinction, is drunk with exceptional solemnity.Three Men on the Bummel|Jerome K. Jerome
Word Origin for salamander
mid-14c., "legendary lizard-like creature that can live in fire," from Old French salamandre "legendary fiery beast," also "cricket" (12c.), from Latin salamandra, from Greek salamandra, probably of eastern origin.
The application in zoology to a tailed amphibian (known natively as an eft or newt) is first recorded 1610s. Aristotle, and especially Pliny, are responsible for the fiction of an animal that thrives in and extinguishes fires. The eft lives in damp logs and secretes a milky substance when threatened, but there is no obvious natural explanation its connection with the myth.
Also used 18c. for "a woman who lives chastely in the midst of temptations" (after Addison), and "a soldier who exposes himself to fire in battle." To rub someone a salamander was a 19c. form of German student drinking toast (einem einen salamander reiben). Related: Salamandrine; salamandroid.