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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For more information, go to the University of Florida IFAS Extension’s page on iguanas at edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in528 and IguanaControl.com. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Expert tips on how to control iguanas," 21 June 2018 Unfortunately, one of those populations was in a state park that around 2009 became infested with invasive iguanas that ate the plants where the butterfly laid its eggs. Jennifer Kay, Fox News, "Researchers help rare butterfly take flight in Florida Keys," 27 July 2018 The Palm Beach Post reports that the iguanas were spotted in a Starbucks parking lot in Boca Raton, Fl. James Rogers, Fox News, "Iguana drama: Viral video shows dueling lizards in Starbucks parking lot," 25 June 2018 Some 432 of them have been transferred so far, including two grizzly bears sent to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, three alligators to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia and a Fiji crested iguana to the San Diego Zoo. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 One person shared a picture of their dog and bunny enjoying a snack, while another weighed in with a photo of a cute pup and his iguana BFF. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Photo of an Unlikely Friendship Between a Cat and a Tortoise Goes Viral," 11 Nov. 2018 Food lovers, rejoice: Fresh fish counters offer catch-of-the-day from both coasts; wild meat markets have unique offerings (deer, alligator, iguana, wild pig, scorpion); and all over are imported European meats and cheeses. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Markets in Mexico City," 5 Mar. 2018 In the past, Bull City Burger and Brewery has served iguana, camel, alligator, and various insects, Reuters reported. USA TODAY, "North Carolina burger joint offers burger garnished with chargrilled tarantula," 18 Apr. 2018 Some even accept more exotic animals, such as parakeets or iguanas. Laurie Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "These hotels are the cat’s meow," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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