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salamander Tweet Definition of salamander Like Definition of salamander on Facebook
  1. A (usually) terrestrial amphibian, resembling a lizard; taxonomic order Caudata
  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)
  1. (cooking) In a professional kitchen a small broiler, used primarily for browning.
The chef first put the steak under the to sear the outside.
  1. To apply a
    1. Noun, salamander (flat iron utensil above) in a cooking process.
    19th C.: When cold, sprinkle the custard thickly with sugar and it. — a 19th century crème brí»lée recipe quoted in Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41
saurian Tweet Definition of saurian Like Definition of saurian on Facebook
  1. A reptile of the suborder Sauria; a lizard.
  1. Pertaining to the Sauria.
  2. Resembling a lizard.
scorpion Tweet Definition of scorpion Like Definition of scorpion on Facebook
  1. Any of various arachnids of the order Scorpiones, related to the spiders, characterised by two large front pincers and a curved tail with a poisonous sting in the end.
serpent Tweet Definition of serpent Like Definition of serpent on Facebook
  1. A snake.
  2. (musici) A musical instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (w:Serpent (instrument), Wikipedia article).
siren Tweet Definition of siren Like Definition of siren on Facebook
  1. A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm.
  2. A dangerously seductive woman.
  3. Any of several salamanders, of the family Sirenidae, such as the mud eel.
  4. (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
skink Tweet Definition of skink Like Definition of skink on Facebook
  1. An animal of the Scincidae family, resembling a lizard, having small or reduced limbs or none at all and long tails that are regenerated when shed.
slider Tweet Definition of slider Like Definition of slider on Facebook
  1. (baseball) A pitch thrown with added pressure by middle and ring fingers yielding a combination of backspin and sidespin, resulting in a motion to the left when thrown by a right handed pitcher
The closer had a wicked that was almost unhittable.
  1. A small greasy hamburger
We ordered five sliders.
  1. (curling) A piece of teflon or similar material attached to a curling shoe that allows the player to slide along the ice
snake Tweet Definition of snake Like Definition of snake on Facebook
  1. A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
  2. A treacherous person.
  3. A tool for unclogging plumbing.
  4. A tool to aid cable pulling.
verb (snak, ing)
  1. (intransitive): To move in a winding path.
The river snakes through the valley.
  1. (context, transitive, AU, slang) To steal slyly.
He snaked my DVD!
  1. (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
snapper Tweet Definition of snapper Like Definition of snapper on Facebook
  1. Any of some 100 different species of fish.
    1. The fish Chrysophrys auratus, but usually the adult fish of that species, with the young instead called cockney then red bream then squire, before reaching adulthood. (Reference: Australian Fish and How to Catch Them, Richard Allan, 1990, ISBN 1-86302-674-6, page 309. And Snapper entry in An Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 1966
  2. Any of a family of percoid fishes (italbrac, Lutjanidae), esp. the red snapper
  3. (Ireland) (slang) A baby (a human baby).
1993: w:The Snapper, The Snapper — title of novel and film by w:Roddy Doyle, Roddy Doyle
  1. - the player who snaps the ball to start the play.
snapping turtle Tweet Definition of snapping turtle Like Definition of snapping turtle on Facebook
  1. Any of several large American freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae; they have powerful hooked jaws that close with a snap.
spitting cobra Tweet Definition of spitting cobra Like Definition of spitting cobra on Facebook
  1. Any of various cobras of the genus Naja that can spit venom.
Swift Tweet Definition of Swift Like Definition of Swift on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Johnathan Swift
  2. Gustavus Franklin Swift

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