monitor lizard

noun

: any of various tropical carnivorous lizards (genus Varanus of the family Varanidae) of Australia, Asia, and Africa

Examples of monitor lizard in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monitor lizard was in 1856

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“Monitor lizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monitor%20lizard. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

monitor lizard

noun
: any of various large flesh-eating lizards of very warm areas in Africa, Australia, and Asia

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