Origin of salamander
Synonyms for salamander
Examples from the Web for salamander
Historical Examples of salamander
Put crumbs of bread over it, and brown it with a salamander.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
They may either be served up in this state, or in scallops, or put on the dish in a form, and the top browned with a salamander.
In the course of years one should become a sort of salamander.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
"You ought to have been a salamander," she laughed, washing his back.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
“It be de French for supper,” said Salamander, who overheard the question.The Big Otter
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.