igua·​na | \ i-ˈgwä-nə How to pronounce iguana (audio) \

Definition of iguana

: any of various large chiefly herbivorous usually green or brownish tropical American lizards (family Iguanidae, the iguana family) that have a serrated dorsal crest and large dewlap broadly : any of various large lizards

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Bring an assortment of clothes for a variety of scenarios — in our case, swimming as much as possible, hiking at the botanical garden and blue iguana sanctuary, dining out at nice restaurants — plus the necessary health and wellness products. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "How to travel solo with your child (so you both actually enjoy it)," 6 Sep. 2019 Florida is encouraging homeowners to kill green iguanas amid an unwanted population boom. Fox News, "Florida encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas ‘on their own property’," 4 July 2019 Green iguanas have become such a problem in parts of southern Florida that wildlife officials are encouraging homeowners to kill the reptiles. NBC News, "Florida homeowners urged to kill invasive green iguanas 'whenever possible'," 3 July 2019 These clash with burbling nature sounds from the photographically reversed video, in which an iguana navigates a bamboo stalk. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: An exhibition that draws attention to overlooked issues," 23 Aug. 2019 For the last two years, a woman visited with 200 cupcakes as well as an iguana, guinea pigs, snakes and small dogs and set up an impromptu petting zoo. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "With free haircuts and backpack giveaways, a St. Paul barber starts his own nonprofit," 22 Aug. 2019 Like other reptiles, iguanas are also capable of transmitting salmonella. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "‘Wild west’ iguana hunting: Florida backs off telling people to kill iguanas ‘whenever possible’," 29 July 2019 In a press release, FWC reiterates that green iguanas are not native, and can cause damage to infrastructure such as sidewalks and seawalls. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Dial back the ‘wild west’ iguana hunting, Florida wildlife officials say," 11 July 2019 Pixabay/with permission Green iguanas are charming creatures. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Floridians are free to kill all green iguanas," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of iguana

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iguana

Spanish, from Arawak & Carib iwana

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English Language Learners Definition of iguana

: a large lizard that lives in the tropical regions of Central and South America


igua·​na | \ i-ˈgwä-nə How to pronounce iguana (audio) \

Kids Definition of iguana

: a large tropical American lizard with a ridge of tall scales along its back

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