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 for Giant salamander
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Giant \Gi"ant\, a.
     Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as,
     giant brothers; a giant son.
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     Giant cell. (Anat.) See Myeloplax.
  
     Giant clam (Zool.), a bivalve shell of the genus
        Tridacna, esp. T. gigas, which sometimes weighs 500
        pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to
        contain holy water.
  
     Giant heron (Zool.), a very large African heron ({Ardeomega
        goliath). It is the largest heron known.
  
     Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found
        in Norway in connection with glaciers. See Pothole.
  
     Giant powder. See Nitroglycerin.
  
     Giant+puffball+(Bot.),+a+fungus+({Lycoperdon+giganteum">Giant puffball (Bot.), a fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum),
        edible when young, and when dried used for stanching
        wounds.
  
     Giant salamander (Zool.), a very large aquatic salamander
        ({Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan. It is the
        largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.
  
     Giant squid (Zool.), one of several species of very large
        squids, belonging to Architeuthis and allied genera.
        Some are over forty feet long.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Salamander \Sal"a*man`der\, n. [F. salamandre, L. salamandra,
     Gr. ?; cf. Per. samander, samandel.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Urodela, belonging
        to Salamandra, Amblystoma, Plethodon, and various
        allied genera, especially those that are more or less
        terrestrial in their habits.
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     Note: The salamanders have, like lizards, an elongated body,
           four feet, and a long tail, but are destitute of
           scales. They are true Amphibia, related to the frogs.
           Formerly, it was a superstition that the salamander
           could live in fire without harm, and even extinguish it
           by the natural coldness of its body.
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                 I have maintained that salamander of yours with
                 fire any time this two and thirty years. --Shak.
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                 Whereas it is commonly said that a salamander
                 extinguisheth fire, we have found by experience
                 that on hot coals, it dieth immediately. --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     2. (Zool.) The pouched gopher ({Geomys tuza) of the Southern
        United States.
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     3. A culinary utensil of metal with a plate or disk which is
        heated, and held over pastry, etc., to brown it.
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     4. A large poker. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     5. (Metal.) Solidified material in a furnace hearth.
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     Giant salamander. (Zool.) See under Giant.
  
     Salamander's hair or Salamander's wool (Min.), a species
        of asbestos or mineral flax. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  giant salamander
      n 1: large (up to more than three feet) edible salamander of
           Asia [syn: giant salamander, Megalobatrachus maximus]

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