Definition of gecko
: any of numerous small chiefly tropical and nocturnal insectivorous lizards (family Gekkonidae)
Recent Examples of gecko from the Web
Scientists have developed many synthetic adhesives with gecko-like properties, enabling researchers to climb walls and seal wounds.
A gecko’s foot is covered in microscopic hairs that lay flat when pressed against a surface.
Flo from Progressive and the Geico gecko will be forced to get jobs as extras in Disney movies.
Animals like the starfish or the gecko may be best known for their rapid limb regeneration, but deer are actually among the fastest organ-growers in the animal kingdom.
Unlike other spokesanimals—Smokey Bear, the Geico gecko, the Aflac duck—the naked mole rat never speaks or addresses the viewer or behaves in any way artificial to its true nature.
The works feature different animals from the digital pantheon of cutsie symbols: a sneering shark, a plump pig, a spastic-looking gecko.
In April 2013, on board the unmanned spacecraft BION-M, a thick-toed gecko wriggled out of its polyurethane collar.
What exactly that film – which mimics the feet of the wall-scaling gecko – could do, and in which industries, is still being determined.
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Origin and Etymology of gecko
perhaps from Malay dialect geʔkok
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
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Definition of gecko for English Language Learners
: a small tropical lizard
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Definition of gecko for Students
: a small tropical lizard that eats insects and is usually active at night
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