Saturday, 30 January 2010
What is THAT supposed to mean, or do, or say?
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any of various urodele amphibians, such as Salamandra salamandra (European fire salamander) of central and S Europe (family Salamandridae). They are typically terrestrial, have an elongated body, and only return to water to breed
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) Chiefly US and Canadian any urodele amphibian
3. (Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) a mythical reptile supposed to live in fire
4. (Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) an elemental fire-inhabiting being
5. any person or thing able to exist in fire or great heat
6. (Engineering / Metallurgy) Metallurgy a residue of metal and slag deposited on the walls of a furnace
7. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a portable stove used to dry out a building under construction
[from Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from Greek]
salamandrine [ˌsæləˈmændrɪn] adj