Origin of salamander
Synonyms for salamander
Examples from the Web for salamandrine
Historical Examples of salamandrine
I enter a caveat against male friendships, which are only fit for ladies of the salamandrine order.The History of Emily Montague
Though it was almost four o'clock in the afternoon we felt that our salamandrine limits were being put to a test.Poor Folk in Spain
Salamandrine, an extract obtained from the macerated skin of the common red water-dog, is also violently toxic.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow
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.