crotaphytus

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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Origin and Etymology of 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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