Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aquatic newt; a triton. See cuts under newt and axolotl.

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Examples

  • Yet if we open a gravid female, we find tadpoles inside her with exquisitely feathered gills; and when placed in water they swim about like the tadpoles of the water-newt.

    Darwin and the vermiform appendix - The Panda's Thumb

  • An animal may possess various parts in a perfect state, and yet they may in one sense be rudimentary, for they are useless: thus the tadpole of the common salamander or water-newt, as Mr. G.

    Darwin and the vermiform appendix - The Panda's Thumb

  • At present only one animal of the latter kind is known, the so-called cordylus or water-newt; this creature is furnished not with lungs but with gills, but for all that it is a quadruped and fitted for walking on dry land.

    The History of Animals

  • An animal may possess various parts in a perfect state, and yet they may in one sense be rudimentary, for they are useless: thus the tadpole of the common salamander or water-newt, as Mr.G. H. Lewes remarks, “has gills, and passes its existence in the water; but the Salamandra atra, which lives high up among the mountains, brings forth its young full-formed.

    XIV. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology-Embryology-Rudimentary Organs. Rudimentary, Atrophied, and Aborted Organs

  • The water-newt, which repels the lips of the traveller who stoops to drink, is a certain urchin, Abas, who spoiled by his mockery the pleasure of the thirsting goddess, as she drank once of a wayside spring in her wanderings.

    Greek Studies: a Series of Essays

  • In its earliest form the young batrachian, living in the water, breathes as a fish does by _gills_, either free and projecting as in the water-newt, or partially covered by integument as in the tadpole.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • It is to be remembered that the _salamandra aquatica_ of Ray (the water-newt or eft) will frequently bite at the angler's bait, and is often caught on his hook.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

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