One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Triturus and other genera, family Salamandridae: numerous species
- ‘A pond is a little world in itself, he says, home to a dizzying array of creatures from frogs and newts to water boatmen, diving beetles, dragonflies and damselflies.’
- ‘The tail sweep of a tuna, a newt, a crocodile, or a whale is the leverage act of the backbone pushing water with the expanded tail.’
- ‘But some populations of garter snakes eat the newt willingly.’
- ‘Some amphibians we know today include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.’
- ‘Forty-four adult male and 11 adult female red-spotted newts were collected from a private pond in Chenango County, New York, in late May 2000.’
- ‘Creating log piles may help to attract hedgehogs, and rockeries may attract frogs, newts and toads who usually spend winter on land.’
- ‘The park was transformed from wasteland in 1997 and is home to a fascinating array of wildlife including frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and birds.’
- ‘Water provides a breeding place for frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies.’
- ‘After initially seizing and beginning to swallow a newt, many snakes subsequently release the newt after as much as one hour of holding the prey item in the mouth and upper digestive tract.’
- ‘The ‘true salamanders’ tend to be smooth skinned, while the newts are unlike all other salamanders in having rough skin that is not slimy.’
- ‘Truly cold-blooded animals like lizards, newts, turtles, and crocodilians, which are superabundant farther south are missing, he said.’
- ‘Around 5,000 amphibian species, including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are thought to exist today.’
- ‘There are seven categories of fish, including the basking shark, and the same number of amphibians and reptiles such as turtles, toads, lizards and newts.’
- ‘Viable woodlands are just as critical as clean waters for frogs, toads, turtles, salamanders, newts, and many species of reptiles.’
- ‘There are newts, toads, frogs and fish - all of which birds feed on.’
- ‘Their steep slopes are the nearest thing to a rainforest in Europe, overflowing with springs and pools which are home to salamanders and newts.’
- ‘Among vertebrates, newts and other urodele amphibians show a remarkable capacity for regeneration.’
- ‘Rare species include the Pacific pond turtle, the California red-legged frog, the California newt, and the California tree frog.’
- ‘The sudden arrival of warm wet weather caused a mass night-time migration of frogs, newts and toads to deluge the centre in Barnes.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from an ewt ( ewt from Old English efeta: see eft), interpreted (by wrong division) as a newt.
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