marine iguana


Definition of marine iguana

: a shore-dwelling seaweed-eating iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) of the Galápagos Islands that often feeds in the sea

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These teeth look remarkably like those of the marine iguana from the Galápagos, which grazes algae from the rocks. National Geographic, "Plant-eating crocodiles thrived in dinosaur times," 27 June 2019 One species, Simosuchus, has teeth similar to modern marine iguanas, which graze on algae growing on seaside rocks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Prey," 28 June 2019 Contrary to their fierce, spiky-headed appearance, marine iguanas are herbivores, feeding primarily on algae and seaweed. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019 The next evening, after a day kayaking and swimming on Tortuga Bay, with marine iguanas, sea turtles and more reef sharks, Kristin focused the class on inversions. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "I Hate Yoga—But That Didn't Stop Me from Attending a Yoga Retreat in the Galapagos Islands," 4 Apr. 2017

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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