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
Recent Examples of lizard from the Web
So, in addition to cats and dogs, their menagerie has included a pigeon, a goat, a potbellied big, a monitor lizard and other animals that end up as household pets.
She's covered her face in reinterpretations of fine art like Venus de Milo, as well as wildlife such as tigers and lizards.
Durkin and her husband also have a 23-year-old son and a pet lizard, won two years ago at a carnival.
Changing back into my day clothes, my skin felt smooth and much less lizard-like.
Birds, chipmunks, squirrels, lizards and more will all be safer around the pool thanks to the FrogLog.
Tyrannosaurus rex – the tyrant king lizard, prize fighter of antiquity, most apex of apex predators, and supremely fluffy destroyer of dino fans dreams.
There's danger all around me now From wolves and toads and bats From loons and lizards, John McCain And all those Democrats!
While the most recent film based on the iconic Japanese monster movie franchise has spawned a sequel, the 1998 film starring the legendary giant lizard couldn’t inspire the same level of success.
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Origin and Etymology of lizard
Middle English liserd, from Anglo-French lesarde, from Latin lacerta
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of lizard for English Language Learners
: a type of reptile that has four legs and a long body and tail
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Definition of lizard for Students
: a reptile with movable eyelids, ears that are outside the body, and usually four legs
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