ETYM Old Eng. ewt, evete, AS. efete, with n prefixed, an ewt being understood as a newt. Related to Eft.
Small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and North Asia; SYN. triton.
Small salamander, of the family Salamandridae, found in Eurasia, NW Africa, and North America. The European newts, such as the smooth newt Triturus vulgaris, live on land for part of the year but enter a pond or lake to breed in the spring.
The red-spotted newt Notophthalmus viridescens of E North America, about 9 cm/3.5 in long, is olive green with red spots when adult. The young, called red efts, are bright orange and are terrestrial.
ETYM French salamandre, Latin salamandra, Greek; cf. Per. samander, samandel.
1. Any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed.
2. Reptilian creature supposed to live in fire.
3. Lizardlike amphibian animal, fabled to live in fire; utensil for browning pastry, etc.; portable stove.
Any tailed amphibian of the order Urodela. They are sometimes confused with lizards, but unlike lizards they have no scales or claws. Salamanders have smooth or warty moist skin. The order includes some 300 species, arranged in nine families, found mainly in the northern hemisphere. Salamanders include hellbenders, mudpuppies, waterdogs, sirens, mole salamanders, newts, and lungless salamanders (dusky, woodland, and spring salamanders).