Teiidae

plural noun

ˈtē(y)əˌdē
: a family of mostly tropical American lizards (as the tejus of South America and the race runner of the western U.S.) having a flat elongate scaly tongue that ends in two long smooth points

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Teius, type genus (from Portuguese tejú, teiú teju) + -idae

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“Teiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Teiidae. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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