from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small lizardlike amphibians of the order Caudata, having porous scaleless skin and four, often weak or rudimentary legs.
- n. A mythical creature, generally resembling a lizard, believed capable of living in or withstanding fire.
- n. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being having fire as its element.
- n. An object, such as a poker, used in fire or capable of withstanding heat.
- n. Metallurgy A mass of solidified material, largely metallic, left in a blast-furnace hearth.
- n. A portable stove used to heat or dry buildings under construction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long slender (usually) terrestrial amphibian, resembling a lizard and newt; taxonomic order Urodela
- n. A creature much like a lizard that is resistant to and lives in fire, hence the elemental being of fire.
- n. A metal utensil with a flat head which is heated and put over a dish to brown the top.
- n. In a professional kitchen a small broiler, used primarily for browning.
- v. To apply a salamander (flat iron utensil above) in a cooking process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The pouched gopher (Geomys tuza) of the Southern United States.
- n. A culinary utensil of metal with a plate or disk which is heated, and held over pastry, etc., to brown it.
- n. A large poker.
- n. Solidified material in a furnace hearth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of lizard or other reptile formerly supposed to live in or be able to endure fire.
- n. 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. 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.)
- n. 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. The pocket-gopher of the South Atlantic and Mexican Gulf States, Geomys tuza or G. pinetis, a rodent mammal.
- n. Same as bear, 7.
- n. 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. A fire-proof safe.
- n. 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. A mass of solidified and infusible material in an iron blast- or other smelting-furnace hearth. It usually consists of wrought-iron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
- n. reptilian creature supposed to live in fire
- n. any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
Middle English salamandre, from Old French, from Latin salamandra, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from Ancient Greek σαλαμάνδρα, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)