noun Ano·lis \əˈnōlə̇s, ˈanə-\

Definition of Anolis

  1. :  a genus of small American pleurodont lizards (family Iguanidae) comprising the New World chameleons that have the power of changing color like the true chameleons of the Old World

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Origin and Etymology of anolis

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from French anolis anole

First Known Use: circa 1706

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