plural noun

: a widely distributed family of Old World lizards related to the New World iguanas but distinguished by acrodont dentition and including arboreal, terrestrial, and semiaquatic forms most of which are insectivorous (as the frilled lizard, the flying dragon, and the Australian moloch)

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Agama agama + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agamidae was in 1839

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“Agamidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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