from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, slender, often brightly colored salamanders of the European genus Triturus or the North American genera Notophthalmus and Taricha, living chiefly on land but becoming aquatic during the breeding season.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small lizard-like amphibian in the family Salamandridae that lives in the water as an adult.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia


Middle English neute, from a neute, alteration of an eute, variant of evete, from Old English efete.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the older forms ewt, from euft, from eft, Old English efete. The n comes from hearing “an ewt” as “a newt”; compare apron, nickname, orange, daffodil, and, for a similar phenomenon, trickle. (Wiktionary)



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