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Gila monster

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noun Gi·la monster \ˈhē-lə-\

Simple Definition of Gila monster

  • : a large orange and black poisonous lizard of the southwestern U.S.

Full Definition of Gila monster

  1. :  a large orange and black venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwestern United States; also :  a related lizard (H. horridum) of Mexico

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Origin of gila monster

Gila River, Arizona


First Known Use: 1877


GILA MONSTER Defined for Kids

Gila monster

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noun Gi·la monster \ˈhē-lə-\

Definition of Gila monster

  1. :  a large black and orange poisonous lizard of the southwestern United States




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Gila monster

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noun Gi·la monster \ˈhē-lə-\

Medical Definition of Gila monster

  1. :  a large orange and black venomous lizard of the genus Heloderma (H. suspectum) of the southwestern United States



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