go·​an·​na | \ gō-ˈa-nə How to pronounce goanna (audio) \

Definition of goanna

: any of several large Australian monitor lizards (genus Varanus of the family Varanidae)

Examples of goanna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in a fishing village thousands of miles away, where giant goannas scuttled through gumtrees and kookaburras laughed, my siblings were hunting for wild animal scat and leaping into the ocean. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2020 In Australia, dingo, eagle, and goanna populations are likely to benefit from the ample carrion provided by these fires. Abby Jones, The Conversation, 10 Jan. 2020 However, the ongoing mass mortality of kangaroo, koala and other large animals will produce more carcasses than scavengers – eagles, dingoes and a species of reptiles known as goannas – can keep up with. Abby Jones, The Conversation, 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of goanna

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goanna

alteration of iguana

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“Goanna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goanna. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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