liz·​ard | \ ˈli-zərd How to pronounce lizard (audio) \

Definition of lizard

1 : any of a suborder (Lacertilia) of reptiles distinguished from the snakes by a fused inseparable lower jaw, a single temporal opening, two pairs of well differentiated functional limbs which may be lacking in burrowing forms, external ears, and eyes with movable lids broadly : any relatively long-bodied reptile (such as a crocodile or dinosaur) with legs and tapering tail
2 : leather made from lizard skin

Examples of lizard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anthony Quinn Warner, who bombed his own RV outside an AT&T building in Nashville, Tennessee, on Christmas Day, claimed that lizard people were taking over Hollywood and the U.S. government. NBC News, 11 Aug. 2021 But one street over, where my husband grew up, there wasn’t a single lizard to be seen. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 25 July 2021 Among the lizard people: former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Queen Elizabeth and the late comedian Bob Hope. oregonlive, 29 July 2021 For a dinosaur whose name sounds a lot like a lizard, the Iguanodon sure got around. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Apr. 2021 Lovely Lizards: Of all the reptiles and amphibians that have crossed John Karges’ path, nothing reminds the former herpetologist of home quite like the Texas spiny lizard., 23 Dec. 2020 Check out the photos below to see our bewitching kitty, a lizard ready to steal your bounty and the adorable werewolf ready to take on a tiny super hero, among others. cleveland, 23 Oct. 2020 All together, there’s a blonde hockey kangaroo, a surfing kangaroo commemorating the new Olympic sport, and a lizard with frills in the shape of Australia. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 15 July 2021 In 1956, a species of lava lizard endemic to Peru, Microlophus koepckeorum, was named in honor of the couple. New York Times, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of lizard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lizard

Middle English liserd, from Anglo-French lesarde, from Latin lacerta

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22 Aug 2021

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“Lizard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lizard

: a type of reptile that has four legs and a long body and tail


liz·​ard | \ ˈli-zərd How to pronounce lizard (audio) \

Kids Definition of lizard

: a reptile with movable eyelids, ears that are outside the body, and usually four legs

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