newt

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A male smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)

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From Middle English newte, newete, a form resulting from an incorrect division of Middle English an ewte as a newte (for similar misdivisions compare adder, nickname, apron, umpire, etc.). Middle English evete, eute, euete, ewte (newt), derives from Old English efete (lizard; newt). Doublet of eft.

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newt (plural newts)

  1. A small lizard-like amphibian in the family Salamandridae that lives in the water as an adult.

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