\ 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 After wrapping up his homework on a recent evening, ElyOtto — joined by his pet gecko — hopped on a Zoom call with Billboard to explain hyperpop’s appeal. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 3 June 2021 Yang’s decision not to publish the exact location of his latest cave gecko species discovery was controversial. Pavel Toropov, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 And specifics including a jellyfish fact and a gecko in a less-than-ideal habitat really help to sell Josh and Jason’s specific sort of dorkiness. Matthew Love, Vulture, 11 Apr. 2021 From an invisible gecko to a blorpie fish, these atypical animals are a testament to natural selection. Matt Simon, Wired, 28 Oct. 2020 But turn a boat as if to land and these monsters would whip into the water with ponderous agility, almost as fast as a gecko. Warren Page, Field & Stream, 13 Nov. 2020 From an invisible gecko to a blorpie fish, these atypical animals are a testament to natural selection. Matt Simon, Wired, 28 Oct. 2020 The Coyotes' version for the upcoming season is mostly purple with orange and green mixed for the color of the desert landscape, a gecko and cacti. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2020 Green Diamond works by adding small hard granules to a sole that scratch cold, hard ice, whereas Arctic Grip—designed with microscopically small fibers protruding from the sole that work similarly to a gecko’s foot—excels on slush and wet ice. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Gecko.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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