Gila monster

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noun Gi·la monster \ˈhē-lə-\

Definition of Gila monster

  1. :  a large, stout, venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) that has rough, bumpy, black and orange, pinkish, or yellowish skin, a thick tail, and venom glands in the lower lip and that is found especially in arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico

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Origin and Etymology of gila monster

Gila River, Arizona


First Known Use: 1877


GILA MONSTER Defined for English Language Learners

Gila monster

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noun Gi·la monster \ˈhē-lə-\

Definition of Gila monster for English Language Learners

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


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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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