Definition of newt in English:

newt

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Pronunciation: /njuːt
 
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noun

A small slender-bodied amphibian with lungs and a well-developed tail, typically spending its adult life on land and returning to water to breed.
More example sentences
  • Around 5,000 amphibian species, including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are thought to exist today.
  • A study by Conservation International, an American organisation, found that nearly a third of frogs, toads, newts and other amphibian species were likely to disappear within 100 years.
  • Some amphibians we know today include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.

Origin

late Middle English: from an ewt (ewt from Old English efeta: see eft), interpreted (by wrong division) as a newt.

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