from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An aquatic newt; a triton. See cuts under newt and axolotl.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.