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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Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies spotty on jigs and minnows in 25 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on lizards and topwater baits around docks; all other species slow.
Striped whipsnake: This is another long, slender snake that’s out during the day (note its relatively large eyes for daytime hunting of insects, lizards and even other snakes) and is related to the North American racer.
Except for his neck tattoo of a lizard, which — even more so than his arm tattoo of a rat — struck a discordant note.
Unlike snake and lizard venom, the origins of the venom deployed by arthropods like spiders and centipedes are still a scientific mystery.
Icke claims Princess Diana confirmed this to one of her close friends; other lizard theories (there are several) point to reptilian themes in ancient mythology.
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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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