Komodo dragon


Ko·mo·do dragon

noun \kə-ˈmō-dō-\

Definition of KOMODO DRAGON

:  an Indonesian monitor lizard (Varanus komodoensis) that is the largest of all known lizards and may attain a length of 10 feet (3 meters)

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Origin of KOMODO DRAGON

Komodo Island, Indonesia
First Known Use: 1927

Komodo dragon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis).—James A. Kern

Largest living lizard (Varanus komodoensis), a member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae. They live on Komodo Island and a few neighbouring islands in Indonesia. Driven almost to extinction, they are now protected. Komodos grow to 10 ft (3 m) long, weigh up to 300 lb (135 kg), and may live up to 100 years. They dig a burrow as deep as 30 ft (9 m). Carrion is their main diet, but adults may eat smaller Komodos. They can run swiftly and occasionally attack and kill humans.

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