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n. (Zoology) tailed amphibian from the order Caudata found in warm temperate climates (resembles a small lizard)
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Salamander is a common name of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with their slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Most salamanders have four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs. Their moist skin usually makes them reliant on habitats in or near water, or under some protection (e.g., moist ground), often in a wetland. Some salamander species are fully aquatic throughout life, some take to the water intermittently, and some are entirely terrestrial as adults. Unique among vertebrates, they are capable of regenerating lost limbs, as well as other body parts. Many of the members of the family Salamandridae are known as newts.
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1. any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
(hyponym) European fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra
2. reptilian creature supposed to live in fire
(hypernym) mythical monster, mythical creature
3. fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
(synonym) poker, stove poker, fire hook
(hypernym) fire iron
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nm. salamander, tailed amphibian from the order Caudata found in warm temperate climates (Zoology)
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