Gila monster

noun
Gi·​la monster | \ ˈhē-lə- How to pronounce Gila monster (audio) \

Definition of Gila monster

: 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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First Known Use of Gila monster

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gila monster

Gila River, Arizona

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“Gila monster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gila%20monster. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Gila monster

noun
Gi·​la monster | \ ˈhē-lə- How to pronounce Gila monster (audio) \

Kids Definition of Gila monster

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

Gila monster

noun
Gi·​la monster | \ ˈhē-lə- How to pronounce Gila monster (audio) \

Medical Definition of Gila monster

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

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