ano·​le | \ ə-ˈnō-lē How to pronounce anole (audio) \

Definition of anole

: any of a genus (Anolis) of arboreal American lizards (such as the green anole) of the iguana family that have a brightly colored dewlap and the ability to change color

Examples of anole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers placed six different anole species into tanks filled with water to see how the evolutionary trick worked. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 By contrast, the anole lizards’ story is disquieting in its intimacy. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 The researchers also noted that the air bubble stuck onto the anole lizard's hydrophobic, or water-repelling, scales. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 The researchers plan on further looking into how the behavior evolved in the anole lizards. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 And unlike the colorful green anole, the Texas spiny lizard keeps a low profile by blending in with its surroundings rather than sticking out. René A. Guzman,, 22 Dec. 2020 Williams’s lab had already produced several leading evolutionary biologists, and Losos figured the field of anole research was getting too crowded. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 30 July 2020 This was true across 188 different species of anole scattered across the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 Sarah Baade practically considers anole lizards her personal gardeners. René A. Guzman,, 12 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of anole

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anole

borrowed from French anolis, borrowed from Dominica Island Carib anáoli

Note: The word apparently first appears solely in the form anolis in the anonymous Histoire naturelle et morale des Iles Antilles de l'Amerique (Rotterdam, 1658), attributed to a Huguenot clergyman named Charles de Rochefort (1605-83). In the text (p. 130-31) the word is only used in the plural, so that the singular is ambiguous, but an illustration of a single lizard on p. 135 has the caption Anolis. The form anolis, again only in the plural but without the illustration, is reproduced in an English translation by John Davies of Histoire naturelle et morale, entitled The History of the Caribby-Islands (London, 1666), p. 75 ("The Anolis are very common in all the Plantations: they are about the bigness and length of the Lizzards seen in France …"). Though it occurs but rarely, the singular is anolis in European vernaculars and Latin generally until 1750, when anoli appears in the Manuel lexique, ou Dictionnaire portatif des mots françois attributed to the Abbé Prévost. The English form anole does not seem to be attested before the 19th century. Island Carib anáoli ("ce lezart icy est gros comme un gros baston & long d'une coudée" - "this lizard is thick as a thick stick and a cubit in length") is from Raymond Breton's 1665 Dictionnaire caraïbe-français, a lexicon of Lesser Antillean Arawak.

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