[ sal-uh-man-der ]
/ ˈsæl əˌmæn dər /


any tailed amphibian of the order Caudata, having a soft, moist, scaleless skin, typically aquatic as a larva and semiterrestrial as an adult: several species are endangered.
a mythical being, especially a lizard or other reptile, thought to be able to live in fire.
any of various portable stoves or burners.
Metallurgy. a mass of iron that accumulates at the bottom of a blast furnace as a result of the escape of molten metal through the hearth.
a metal plate or disk with a handle, heated and held over pastry, casserole crusts, etc., to brown or glaze it.
an oven usually heated from the top and bottom by gas, for cooking, browning, and glazing food.

Origin of salamander

1300–50; Middle English salamandre < Latin salamandra < Greek salamándrā
SYNONYMS FOR salamander
2 See sylph.
Related formssal·a·man·der·like, adjectivesal·a·man·drine [sal-uh-man-drin] /ˌsæl əˈmæn drɪn/, adjectivesal·a·man·droid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salamandrine

  • Salamandrine, an extract obtained from the macerated skin of the common red water-dog, is also violently toxic.

  • I enter a caveat against male friendships, which are only fit for ladies of the salamandrine order.

  • Though it was almost four o'clock in the afternoon we felt that our salamandrine limits were being put to a test.

British Dictionary definitions for salamandrine


/ (ˈsæləˌmændə) /


Derived Formssalamandrine (ˌsæləˈmændrɪn), adjective

Word Origin for salamander

C14: from Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for salamandrine


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