Etymology
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newt (n.)

"small, tailed, salamander-like amphibian," early 15c., neute, newte, a misdivision of an ewte (see N for other examples), a variation of Middle English evete (see eft). "Eft, though now only provincial, is strictly the correct form" [Century Dictionary]. OED notes that "the change of v to w is unusual."

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Definitions of newt

newt (n.)
small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia;
Synonyms: triton
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