lizard

noun
liz·ard | \ ˈli-zərd \

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

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Asson roasts his lizard catches over fire, then seasons the meat with curry and fresh produce. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How to cook iguana burritos," 29 June 2018 Other predator groups such as bats, primates, shrews, hedgehogs, frogs, salamanders and lizards also seem to be valuable bug eaters but are less effective natural enemies of plant-eating insects. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 Other predator groups such as bats, primates, shrews, hedgehogs, frogs, salamanders and lizards also seem to be valuable bug eaters but are less effective natural enemies of plant-eating insects. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 In other instances, biologists stumbled on known but uncommon sights like the deepsea lizard fish, which resembles its name in the worst possible sense. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Deep sea explorers find mysterious creatures and one 'horror' off Carolinas coast," 9 July 2018 And the koala is not alone: Sequencing technology is fundamentally changing how conservationists fight to preserve at-risk species, from mountain lions to blunt-nosed leopard lizards. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Other pets, such as guinea pigs, baby chicks, and various lizard species, can bring salmonella into the house as well. Tara Smith, SELF, "Why Does It Seem Like Salmonella Is Popping Up in Every Food These Days?," 28 June 2018 Death masks of numerous species hang on every wall—sometimes the preparators will pull one down to check the exact shape of the ridge above a baboon’s eyes, or the texture of a lizard’s scales. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Garrett whispers as a lizard skulks across the road. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018

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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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lizard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lizard

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

lizard

noun
liz·ard | \ ˈli-zərd \

Kids Definition of lizard

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

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