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 The flooding killed a blue-tongued skink lizard, one of the many animals that call the science and technology museum home. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, "Pipe bursts at Little Rock's Museum of Discovery," 19 Feb. 2021 That savvy-sounding individual who posted about that hot CRISPR stock might believe all Black Lives Matter protesters are antifa lizard people running pedophile rings. Anonymous, The New Republic, "I Bought Tens of Thousands of Dollars of GameStop Stock. And I Have No Regrets.," 1 Feb. 2021 Inspiration for the frill, meanwhile, came from the modern-day frilled agamid lizard that lives in Australia and New Guinea. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, "The Real Dilophosaurus Would Have Eaten the Jurassic Park Version for Breakfast," 1 Jan. 2021 That’s the warning from UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, which sent out a press release about the East African lizard that features a reddish-orange head and tail in adult males that can grow up to 12 inches long. Richard Tribou,, "Researchers: keep eye out for non-native lizard eating Florida’s butterflies," 11 Dec. 2020 Warner's writings also discuss the conspiracy theory that Earth is controlled by a race of reptilian lizard people. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Nashville bomber sent writings espousing conspiracy theories to multiple people days before blast," 3 Jan. 2021 These options are unique, fun, and fitting for your lizard. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "50 Lizard Names for Your New Pint-Size Pet," 22 Dec. 2020 This dog-sized lizard, docile and intelligent, first reached the U.S. as a pet from its native South America. Lara Jackson, National Geographic, "The deadly thing about snakes," 19 Nov. 2020 Bass eat salamanders, because the lizard-like amphibians eat bass eggs. Ben Romans, Field & Stream, "The Best Bass Pro Black Friday Deals: Early Holiday Bargains on Hunting, Fishing, and Camping Gear," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Lizard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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