noun, capitalized
cro·​ta·​phy·​tus | \ ˌkrōtəˈfītəs, ˌkrät- \

Definition of crotaphytus

: a genus of lizards (family Iguanidae) of the southern and western U.S. including the collared lizard

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History and Etymology for crotaphytus

New Latin, modification of Greek krotaphitēs of the temples, from krotaphos temple + -itēs -ite; akin to Greek krotein to clap

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“Crotaphytus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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