plural geckos also geckoes
: any of numerous small chiefly tropical and nocturnal insectivorous lizards (family Gekkonidae)

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Examples of gecko in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team also discovered three more new species: the Barki dwarf gecko, the Maharashtra dwarf gecko and the Sahyadri dwarf gecko. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 The Geico gecko first made its appearance in 1997, according to its company history. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2024 So far, Luc’s bent-toed gecko has only been found at one site in Lao Cai Province, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 And not just a giant gecko, but a giant gecko that must be transported through a massive obstacle course. Dalton Ross,, 15 Feb. 2024 Other companies to consider Geico While Geico is known for the ever-present gecko in its advertising, Geico was a contender as a top insurer because of its low rates, particularly for state-minimum coverage. Kat Tretina,, 5 Dec. 2023 Plus creativity is elusive, so even if your brand looks a lot like Geico, the gecko idea is a kind of lightning that won’t strike twice. Erik Huberman, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2023 These are the teams that dream up big-picture concepts, like the Geico gecko or the Energizer bunny. Erik Huberman, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2023 Those reptiles, including a ball python and a leopard gecko, went home with Michelle Crow, president and co-founder of North Texas Reptile Rescue. Sasha Richie, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History


perhaps from Malay dialect geʔkok

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gecko was in 1774

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“Gecko.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural geckos or geckoes
: any of numerous small harmless chiefly tropical lizards that eat insects and are active at night

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