Varanidae

plural noun Va·ran·i·dae \vəˈranəˌdē\

Definition of Varanidae

  1. :  a family of large tropical Old World lizards comprising the monitors, having an elongated neck and tail and well-developed limbs, and being terrestrial or semiaquatic and voraciously carnivorous — compare komodo dragon

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Origin and Etymology of varanidae

New Latin, from Varanus, type genus + -idae


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