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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
SALACITY
SARCOPHAGUS

SALAMANDER

-n.

Originally a reptile inhabiting fire; later, an anthropomorphous immortal, but still a pyrophile. Salamanders are now believed to be extinct, the last one of which we have an account having been seen in Carcassonne by the Abbe Belloc, who exorcised it with a bucket of holy water.