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skinked; skinking; skinks

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal
: to draw, pour out, or serve (drink)


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: any of a family (Scincidae) of typically small insectivorous lizards with long tapering bodies

Examples of skink in a Sentence

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The mode skinks use to reproduce generally corresponds with their environment. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 11 Apr. 2020 Overall, the study suggests that there is some evolutionary advantage for having green blood that skinks from various habitats all developed over time. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 17 May 2018
Snakes evolved from lizard ancestors, of course, but glass lizards, snake lizards, skinks, amphisbaenians and more are all lizards that lost their legs independently of each other. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 Genetic analysis revealed the skinks belonged to the species Ablepharus alaicus, which had been cited in historical literature but never confirmed to exist within the borders of China. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 19 Apr. 2024 Rockbridge County will keep custody of four giraffes, 17 capuchins, 14 tortoises and one skink, among other animals. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 The team also discovered six more new species of skink. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 27 Feb. 2024 So far, Gingee leaf-litter skinks have been found in two nearby sites of eastern Tamil Nadu, the study said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 The smaller ones likely belong to skinks that were relatively young at the time of their deaths. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2023 Thorn says that these ancient skinks probably ate tough plant matter, similar to shinglebacks and desert tortoises. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2023 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the biggest skink known to history was recently discovered where lots of other giant creatures once roamed—Australia. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 15 June 2023

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Word History



Middle English, from Middle Dutch schenken; akin to Old English scencan to pour out drink and probably to scanca shank


Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos

First Known Use


1866, in the meaning defined above


1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skink was in 1590

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“Skink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of a family of mostly small lizards with smooth scales

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