newt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n newt small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Newt (Zoöl) Any one of several species of small aquatic salamanders. The common British species are the crested newt (Triton cristatus) and the smooth newt (Lophinus punctatus). In America, Diemictylus viridescens is one of the most abundant species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n newt A tailed batrachian; an animal of the genus Triton in a broad sense, as T. cristatus, the great warty or crested newt, or T. (Lissotriton) punctatus, the common smooth newt; an eft; an asker; a triton. They begin life as tadpoles hatched from eggs, but never lose the tail. They are harmless and inoffensive little creatures, from 3 to 6 inches long, living in ponds and ditches, sometimes crawling out of the water in damp places; they live on animal food, as water-insects and their larvæ, worms, tadpoles, etc. The name is extended to any similar batrachian of small size, as one of the Amblystomidæ, Plethodantidæ, Salamandridæ, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Newt nūt a genus of amphibious animals like small lizards.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ewt, evete, AS. efete, with n, prefixed, an ewt, being understood as a newt,. Cf. Eft
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed with initial n, borrowed from the article an, from ewt—A.S. efeta.

Usage

In literature:

A name of the water-newt.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Newt Bronson, especially, was leaned on as a strong staff and a very present help in time of trouble.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
May never newt, nor the toad Within thy banks make their abode!
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
In fact, there are thousands of inviting opportunities for newts to leave the lake if they wanted to do so.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
NEWT, polydactylism in the, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
A cold shudder, worse than any ice, shot through me at the idea of newts and rats and water-serpents, absurd though it was.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Among the sylvan denizens that next came upon the stage were a hummingbird, a little red newt, and a wood frog.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Newts, migrations of, 219.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
The same process we observe in toads; and it is also the same in our newts, excepting that in newts the tail remains.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
You could crush him with one hand, as you could crush a newt!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
We have those awful Miss Newtes.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
George kept a newt once, too.
"The Fortunes of Philippa" by Angela Brazil
Most frogs, toads, and newts come out of the egg as tadpoles, furnished with gills and so breathing in water.
"The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer" by John Gerard
HORACE W. C. NEWTE The Rajah's People.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
So that the Newt has a voice after all.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
Away, thou slimy newt!
"Summer Cruising in the South Seas" by Charles Warren Stoddard
In a stagnant pool they got some newts and water-insects.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
The Elf and the Imp would be very angry with me, if I did not tell you all about the newts.
"Pond and Stream" by Arthur Ransome
Newts came and swam round me; they are very inquisitive.
"Little Johannes" by Frederik van Eeden
When ascending, his motion is so undulatory that he may easily be mistaken for a smooth newt, going up for a bubble.
"The Book of the Aquarium and Water Cabinet" by Shirley Hibberd
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In poetry:

See you, brother, Cranberry Fruit —
He! ho! ho! the merry blade! —
Hugs and pets and pats yon newt,
Teasing every wilful maid.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
And overhead the fork-tailed martin speeds—
A living arrow in the stilly air;
Along the bank, amongst the rusty reeds,
The newts dart here and there.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow
is not right for the banyan, frangipani, or
jack-fruit trees; or for exotic serpent
life. Ring lizard and snake-skin for the foot, if you see fit;
but here they've cats, not cobras, to
keep down the rats. The diffident
little newt
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore

In news:

Newt Gingrich's Views On Gay Marriage: My Reaction.
Newt Gingrich owes more money to campaign creditors than any other American politician: $4.3 million as of the end of March.
It came to us courtesy of Newt Gingrich.
It's not just Newt Gingrich's crazy idea.
Last Friday, after more than a year of plotting in public and in private, hard-line conservatives finally got what they wanted: Speaker Newt Gingrich's head.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich campaigns in Iowa.
Newt Gingrich isn't exactly chasing the gay vote.
Newt Gingrich as president could turn the White House into an ideas factory.
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate, explained to Bob Schieffer his reasoning behind why the president should be able to ignore the Supreme Court.
Is Newt's Moon Colony Fantasy or Science Fiction.
Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich attack but don't knock down Mitt Romney.
If you look at last night's debate as a game show, Newt Gingrich won the grand prize display package right at the beginning of the show.
And when Newt Gingrich unloads, we're talking a very big load.
Mitt Romney wins big in Florida, routing Newt Gingrich.
Newt Gingrich vows to fight on after poor Iowa showing.
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