What does the word salamander mean?

Usage examples for salamander

  1. Fruit puddings are very delicious if, when they are turned out of the basin, the crust is browned with a salamander, or put into a very hot oven for a few minutes to colour it: this makes it crisp on the surface. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  2. He informed me, he left the Matilda in a harbour to the northward, and that the Salamander had killed a forty barrel whale, and lost her by bad weather. – An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island by John Hunter