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a salamander (amphibian)

Etymology

From Old French salamandre, from Latin salamandra, from Greek σαλαμάνδρα. Originating from Persian سمندر (samandar): sām = fire, andarūn = within, as it was thought to be able to walk through fire.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈsæləˌmændə/, SAMPA: /"s{l@%m{nd@/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈsæləˌmændɚ/, SAMPA: /"s{l@%m{nd@`/

Noun

Singular
salamander

Plural
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salamander ({{{1}}})
  1. A (usually) terrestrial amphibian, resembling a lizard; taxonomic order Urodela
  2. (mythology) A creature much like a lizard that is resistant to and lives in fire, hence the elemental being of fire.
  3. (cooking) A metal utensil with a flat head which is heated and put over a dish to brown the top.
    1977: The salamander, a fairly long metal utensil with a flat rounded head, was left in the fire until red hot and then used to brown the top of a dish without further cooking. — Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41 (discussing 19th century cookery)
  4. (cooking) In a professional kitchen a small broiler, used primarily for browning.
    The chef first put the steak under the salamander to sear the outside.

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Verb

Infinitive
to salamander

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to salamander (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To apply a salamander (flat iron utensil above) in a cooking process.
    19th C.: When cold, sprinkle the custard thickly with sugar and salamander it. — a 19th century crème brûlée recipe quoted in Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41

Dutch

Noun

salamander (plural salamanders, diminutive salamandertje) m.

  1. salamander

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