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 announcement follows some confusing (and admittedly, conflicting) concerns from the Indonesian government that rising visitor numbers have been putting the rare lizards at risk. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Komodo Island’s New $1,000 Visitor Fee Means for Travelers," 16 Oct. 2019 From Tyrannosaurus to Triceratops, the skulls of the terrible lizards have the same eye and nasal passages common in many vertebrates, as well as additional pockets unique to reptiles. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Special Skull Windows Helped Dinosaur Brains Keep Cool," 4 Sep. 2019 Instead of using discarded food to supplement their normal intake of rabbits, rodents, birds and lizards, these dingoes began eating almost exclusively from the garbage dumps. Quanta Magazine, "A Domesticated Dingo? No, but Some Are Getting Less Wild," 23 Jan. 2018 Inside the visitor center, Kate and William were shown a slideshow of animals found in the forested park such as leopards, cape hares, porcupines and a lizard. Stephanie Petit,, "Every Photo You Need to See from Kate Middleton and Prince William's Tour of Pakistan!," 16 Oct. 2019 In life, Pappochelys would have resembled a small chubby lizard more than a turtle. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How the Turtle Got Its Shell, With Apologies to Aesop," 20 Aug. 2019 But the oversize lizard lounging near the two young tourists had just gorged on chicken and goat, and was lolling in the kind of digestive stupor Americans might experience after Thanksgiving. New York Times, "Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?," 12 Aug. 2019 Apparently, the lizard’s time with the family was brief, but nevertheless, everyone had a blast participating in the celebration of its life. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everyone's Obsessed With the Hilarious Family in This Elaborate Funeral for a Pet Lizard," 5 Aug. 2019 The largest living lizard, komodo dragons can weigh as much 366 pounds. Fox News, "Graphic video shows komodo dragon swallowing monkey whole," 27 July 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Lizard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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