\ ˈge-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce gecko (audio) \
plural geckos also geckoes

Definition of gecko

: any of numerous small chiefly tropical and nocturnal insectivorous lizards (family Gekkonidae)

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Recent Examples on the Web From an invisible gecko to a blorpie fish, these atypical animals are a testament to natural selection. Rebecca Ratcliffe, Wired, "A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans," 4 July 2020 Pull a foot in one direction and the gecko toes will grab onto a surface. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Gecko’s soft hairy toes reorient to help it stick to different types of surfaces," 11 May 2020 Not wanting to be seen as cultural rubes, other pets are also getting in on the animal art gallery trend, including a gecko, a turtle, birds, and a guinea pig. Hilary Shenfeld,, "Quarantined Couple Creates Gallery, Featuring 'Gerbil with a Pearl Earring,' For Their Gerbils," 21 Apr. 2020 Geico's gecko debuted a few months before the start of the Aflac (AFL) ad campaign. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The Aflac duck is 20 years old. Here's how he's changed the insurance world," 4 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, another kind of gecko-like robot out of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia uses Van der Waals forces to stick to walls. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Suction Cups Kinda Suck. This Wall-Climbing Robot Could Make Them Better," 21 Jan. 2020 Cuddle cold-blooded cuties during this biannual meet-up for gecko geeks, python partisans and tortoise supporters in Arlington. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "10 fun things to do the week of Feb. 14-20 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 13 Feb. 2020 By 2014, experts found Monito island to be rat-free, and the gecko population seemed to have rebounded. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Meet the American animals that bounced back in 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Families will be able to create party hats and noisemakers in the Be a Maker Space, meet Martin, the GEICO gecko and enjoy a dance party. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your kids can celebrate the new year and be in bed well before midnight with kid-friendly New Year's Eve events around Milwaukee," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gecko

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gecko

perhaps from Malay dialect geʔkok

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10 Jul 2020

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“Gecko.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gecko

: a small tropical lizard


\ ˈge-ˌkō How to pronounce gecko (audio) \
plural geckos or geckoes

Kids Definition of gecko

: a small tropical lizard that eats insects and is usually active at night

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