beaded lizard


bead·​ed lizard ˈbē-dəd- How to pronounce beaded lizard (audio)
: a venomous lizard (Heloderma horridum) of Mexico and Guatemala that is related to the Gila monster and has black or brown bumpy skin with yellow or white spots or bands, a broad flat head, and thick tail

Note: Beaded lizards typically weigh between three to six pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kilograms) with some males reaching a weight of over 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gila monsters are one of two venomous lizards in North America, the other being the Mexican beaded lizard in Mexico. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 The other is its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard. Scott Craven, azcentral, 28 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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“Beaded lizard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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beaded lizard

bead·​ed lizard ˌbēd-əd- How to pronounce beaded lizard (audio)
: a large yellow and black venomous lizard (Heloderma horridum) of Mexico that is related to the Gila monster
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