plural noun
Va·​ran·​i·​dae | \ vəˈranəˌdē \

Definition of Varanidae

: 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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History and Etymology for Varanidae

New Latin, from Varanus, type genus + -idae

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“Varanidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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