igua·​na i-ˈgwä-nə How to pronounce iguana (audio)
: 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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Examples of iguana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Find sharks, iguanas, birds and more with the projects below! Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 This project solves the problem with drones, capturing stunning images of iguanas in their natural habitat. Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 Take excursions on the hotel's private yacht to see the famous blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Christmas iguanas. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2023 Basing the way Leo sounds on his squeaky-scratchy, slightly guttural impression of the late Hollywood agent Bernie Brillstein, Sandler voices a crusty old iguana who’s spent three-quarters of a century — practically his entire life — trapped in an elementary school classroom. Peter Debruge, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 There’s also remarkable wildlife to be seen, ranging from sea lions and flamingos to a variety of finches and aquatic iguanas. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Nov. 2023 Your family can go horseback riding, tour the nearby rain forest, learn how to do the salsa and other island dances, feed an iguana, and play tug-of-war at the beach—all in one day. Karen Cicero, Parents, 14 Sep. 2023 The seven-year-old iguana has moved from Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula to its new home at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 Oscar Saenz came to the convention with his wife and young son because of his son's love for reptiles, especially turtles and iguanas. Ellie Willard, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Arawak & Carib iwana

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iguana was in 1555

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“Iguana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iguana. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


igua·​na i-ˈgwän-ə How to pronounce iguana (audio)
: any of various large plant-eating tropical American lizards that have a ridge of tall scales along the middle of the back and loose skin hanging below the neck

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