- any of several brilliantly colored salamanders of the family Salamandridae, especially those of the genera Triturus and Notophthalmus, of North America, Europe, and northern Asia.
- any of various other small salamanders.
- any of various small semiaquatic urodele amphibians, such as Triturus vulgaris (common newt) of Europe, having a long slender body and tail and short feeble legs
- mainly British any other urodele amphibian, including the salamanders
n.early 15c., misdivision of an ewte (see N for other examples), from Middle English evete (see eft).