newt

[noot, nyoot]
noun
1.
any of several brilliantly colored salamanders of the family Salamandridae, especially those of the genera Triturus and Notophthalmus, of North America, Europe, and northern Asia.
2.
any of various other small salamanders.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English newte, for ewte (the phrase an ewte being taken as a newte; cf. nickname), variant of evet, Old English efete eft1

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newt (njuːt)
 
n
1.  any of various small semiaquatic urodele amphibians, such as Triturus vulgaris (common newt) of Europe, having a long slender body and tail and short feeble legs
2.  chiefly (Brit) any other urodele amphibian, including the salamanders
 
[C15: from a newt, a mistaken division of an ewt; ewt, from Old English evetaeft1]

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newt
c.1420, misdivision of an ewte, from M.E. evete (see eft).
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newt definition


  1. n.
    a stupid person; a dull and uninteresting person. : Don't act like such a newt.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Among others at risk: wild ginseng, orchids and the crocodile newt.
The newt changes shape as it grows, and the adult newt doesn't have these feathery gills.
Five were identical to sequences in chicken collagen, while frog and newt collagen tied for the next closest matches.
The central newt is a unique critter with three different phases.
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