Komodo dragon


Ko·​mo·​do dragon kə-ˈmō-dō- How to pronounce Komodo dragon (audio)
: 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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Recent Examples on the Web However, because every individual would be genetically identical, Komodo dragon mothers and their daughters would be more vulnerable to disease and environmental changes than a genetically-varied group. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, 25 Aug. 2020

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Komodo Island, Indonesia

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Komodo dragon was in 1927

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“Komodo dragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Komodo%20dragon. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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Komodo dragon

Ko·​mo·​do dragon kə-ˈmōd-ō- How to pronounce Komodo dragon (audio)
: a lizard of Indonesia that is the largest of all known lizards and may grow to be 10 feet (3 meters) long

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