green anole


plural green anoles
: an anole (Anolis carolinensis) of the southeastern U.S. that can vary its skin color from green to brown and is often kept as a pet
The true chameleon and the green anole have much in common. They are both lizards. Most species live in trees or bushes, subsisting mainly on insects. Both can change color, although the anole's ability to do so is considerably more limited than the chameleon's.David Crews

called also American chameleon, Carolina anole

Illustration of green anole

Illustration of green anole

Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of green anole was in 1934

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“Green anole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

green anole

: a long-tailed lizard of the southeastern U.S. that is often found on trees and can change from green to brown
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