chuckwalla

noun
chuck·​wal·​la | \ ˈchək-ˌwä-lə How to pronounce chuckwalla (audio) \
variants: or chuckawalla \ ˈchə-​kə-​ˌwä-​lə How to pronounce chuckawalla (audio) \

Definition of chuckwalla

: a large herbivorous lizard (Sauromalus ater) of the iguana family of desert regions of the southwestern U.S.

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First Known Use of chuckwalla

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chuckwalla

American Spanish chacahuala, from Cahuilla (Uto-Aztecan language of southeast California) čáxwal

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“Chuckwalla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuckwalla. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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