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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Zoo goers will not be peering at penguins or learning about some type of lizard, however. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing," 22 May 2018 The Nature Conservancy is also using genetic data to inform the restoration of the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, determining what populations might be better suited for a warming climate, and should therefore be prioritized. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Iguana by the pound While Asson and other South Florida iguana lovers can nab the lizards for free and with little difficulty, their peers in other states order iguana meat from companies such as Exotic Meat Markets. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 Now, more than a thousand of the lizards live on his iguana farm in LaBelle, in Hendry County. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 That’s what happened to poor Michelle Carr, a nurse in Maine, who discovered a three-inch dead lizard on her fork after digging in. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Woman Found a Dead Lizard in Her Bagged Salad—and May Have Eaten the Tail," 7 Feb. 2018 The event features thousands of creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 The topics are as follows: Turtles and tortoises, small mammals, snakes and lizards, farm animals, birds and wildlife. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 July 2018 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

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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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