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noun igua·na \i-ˈgwä-nə\

Definition of iguana

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of iguana

Spanish, from Arawak & Carib iwana


IGUANA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of iguana for English Language Learners

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


IGUANA Defined for Kids

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noun igua·na \i-ˈgwä-nə\

Definition of iguana for Students

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



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