salamander

Definitions

  • The tiger salamander
    The tiger salamander
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n salamander any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
    • n salamander fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
    • n salamander reptilian creature supposed to live in fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Salamander A culinary utensil of metal with a plate or disk which is heated, and held over pastry, etc., to brown it.
    • Salamander A large poker.
    • Salamander (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of Urodela, belonging to Salamandra Amblystoma Plethodon, and various allied genera, especially those that are more or less terrestrial in their habits. "I have maintained that salamander of yours with fire any time this two and thirty years.""Whereas it is commonly said that a salamander extinguisheth fire, we have found by experience that on hot coals, it dieth immediately."
    • Salamander (Metal) Solidified material in a furnace hearth.
    • Salamander (Zoöl) The pouched gopher (Geomys tuza) of the Southern United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salamander A kind of lizard or other reptile formerly supposed to live in or be able to endure fire.
    • n salamander An imaginary or immaterial being of human form living in fire; an elemental of the fire; that one of the four classes of nature-spirits which corresponds to the element fire, the others being called sylphs, undines, and gnomes.
    • n salamander In zoology, a urodele batrachian, or tailed amphibian; a newt or an eft; a triton; especially, a terrestrial batrachian of this kind, not having the tail compressed like a fin, as distinguished from one of the aquatic kinds especially called newts or tritons; specifically, a member of the restricted family Salamandridæ. (See Salamandra.) It is a name of loose and comprehensive use. The two kinds of salamanders above noted are sometimes distinguished as land- and water-salamanders. All are harmless, timid creatures, with four legs and a tail, resembling lizards, but naked instead of scaly, and otherwise quite different from any lacertilians. The species are very numerous, representing many genera and several families of Urodela, and are found in most parts of the northern hemisphere, in brooks and ponds, and moist places on land. They are mostly small, a few inches long, but some, as the menopome, menobranch, hellbender, mudpuppy, etc., of America, attain a length of a foot or more, and the giant salamander of Japan, Megalobatrachus giganteus, is some 3 feet long. See also cuts under axolotl, hellbender, Menobranchus, newt, and Salamandra.
    • n salamander In heraldry, the representation of a four-legged creature with a long tail, surrounded by flames of fire. It is a modern bearing, and the flames are usually drawn in a realistic way.
    • n salamander The pocket-gopher of the South Atlantic and Mexican Gulf States, Geomys tuza or G. pinetis, a rodent mammal.
    • n salamander Same as bear, 7.
    • n salamander Anything used in connection with the fire, or useful only when very hot, as a culinary vessel, a poker, an iron used red-hot to ignite gunpowder, and the like.
    • n salamander A fire-proof safe.
    • n salamander A wire basket in which waste paper or other combustible refuse can be gathered by street-cleaners, and in which such waste can be burned.
    • n salamander A mass of solidified and infusible material in an iron blast- or other smelting-furnace hearth. It usually consists of wrought-iron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salamander sal′a-man-dėr a genus of tailed Amphibians, nearly related to the newts, harmless, but long dreaded as poisonous, once supposed able to live in fire:
    • n Salamander sal′a-man-dėr (her.) a four-legged creature with a long tail surrounded by flames: a poker used red-hot for kindling fires: a hot metal plate for browning meat, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. salamandre, L. salamandra, Gr. ; cf. Per. samander, samandel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. salamandre—L.,—Gr. salamandra; of Eastern origin.

Usage

In literature:

A Russian soldier, at Toms's, ate a salamander.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12" by Various
Duke me, you doggoned old salamander!
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
The smoke would choke a salamander, on top, right now.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Salamander, nature of, iii.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Scooping up a double handful of the mould, we capture a little red-backed salamander.
"The Hills of Hingham" by Dallas Lore Sharp
If a salamander be cut in two, the front part will run forward and the other backward.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
An outline map of the State thus districted was declared by one of his opponents to 'look like a salamander.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
True salamanders live best in the furnace of persecution.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
But Salamander never shivered, and always grinned, from which I came to understand that my pity was misplaced.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
The quiet man of the Escape entered a second floor window through smoke and flames as though he were a salamander.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the salamander, behind the teeth-bearing vomers comes a similar toothed parasphenoid bone.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
It resembled a monster ape, except that instead of a hairy hide it had a scabby skin as red as a salamander's.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
He was a regular salamander.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
The Salamander of Francis floats in the air above.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
It approaches, in the structure of its head, to the salamanders, though much less so in its general form and proportions.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Salamander, young of terrestrial, living in water, 102; embryology of, 152.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
Why don't you salamander?
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
The "Salamander" and the "Drache" were ships of 3000 tons and 500 horse-power.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The scorpion has eight feet, while the salamander, which is much more like a lizard, has only four.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Notes on some salamanders and lizards of North Georgia.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
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In poetry:

S was a shy Salamander,
Who slept on a sunny veranda.
She calmly reposed,
But, alas! while she dozed
They caught her and killed her and canned her.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
Not to weaken water's gentle fall,
Carefully cleanse out the channels all;
Salamander, snake, and rush, and reed,--
All destroy,--each monster and each weed.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Initialed with King Francis' name,
With Gallic lilies sculptured o'er,
Above the vent the metal bore
A Salamander crowned, in flame;
The massive breech could even claim
A sheath of lotos bloom.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"For below me it lay yet mountain-deep
The purply darksome maw;
And though to the ear it was dead asleep,
The ghasted eye, down staring, saw
How with dragons, lizards, salamanders crawling,
The hell-jaws horrible were sprawling.
"The Diver" by George MacDonald
How lovely conflagrations look when night is utter dark!
The youth who fired Ephesus' fane falls low beneath my mark.
The pangs of people--when I sport, what matters?--See them whirl
About, as salamanders frisk and in the brazier curl.
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Instead of having an open house, teachers from Southside Elementary School hold an annual " Salamander Stroll" to visit students in their homes prior to the start of the school year.
Southside teachers and staff are ready to go on the Salamander Stroll.
Key Texas Republicans are pushing legislation to block the listing of four salamanders as endangered species in their home state, which they say would stunt economic development and hinder the creation of new jobs.
Salamander Resort & Spa Set to Open in August 2013.
MIDDLEBURG, Va— Salamander Resort & Spa has announced that it will open in August 2013.
Can You Spot The Salamander .
Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
Students from Mark Twain I.S 239 studied salamanders on Staten Island this week.
Future generations of salamanders in one Vermont town are going to be getting some help crossing the road.
California's largest agricultural group is bemoaning a decision by state officials about the tiger salamander .
State's Spotted Salamander : Middle-schoolers on quest to get Ohio an official amphibian.
Spotted salamanders better reflect Ohio's natural heritage.
Teaching about spotted salamanders in schools will open doors into an amazing world that not enough people know about.
Last week Kristen got a chance to search for the salamander , but salamanders are not easy to find unless you recruit help from a four legged friend.
Spring Salamander Click to enlarge.
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In science:

We obtain general analytical estimates for minimally safe bounds for an invasion threshold and then illustrate their validity by considering an example of host data for branching hosts (salamander retinal ganglion cells).
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Example of a system formed by complex hosts represented, for concreteness, by planar neurons corresponding to the salamander retinal ganglion cells placed on the nodes of a triangular lattice with lattice spacing a in such a way that the somata coincide with the lattice nodes.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
For numerical illustration and concreteness, in this paper we use a set of N (N = 51) neurons (Fig. 1) corresponding to the salamander retinal ganglion cells (Ascoli, 2006), which are mostly planar, as typical representatives of complex branching structures.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
The data consists of recordings from a single electrode inserted in a salamander’s retina, digitized at a sampling frequency of 10 kHz.
Multiple testing of local maxima for detection of peaks in 1D
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