Lacertilia

plural noun
Lac·​er·​til·​ia | \ ˌlasə(r)ˈtilēə \

Definition of Lacertilia

: a division of Reptilia (usually a suborder of Squamata) comprising the true lizards, chameleons, geckos, and various related limbless forms all related closely to the snakes in structure and of origin no earlier apparently than the Jurassic and typically distinguished by a tapering tail, well-developed pentadactyl limbs, a scaly or tuberculated skin, and movable eyelids — compare gila monster

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History and Etymology for Lacertilia

New Latin Lacerta + -ilia (as in New Latin Reptilia)

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“Lacertilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lacertilia. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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