\ ˈskiŋk How to pronounce skink (audio) \
skinked; skinking; skinks

Definition of skink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



Definition of skink (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of skink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mode skinks use to reproduce generally corresponds with their environment. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An extraordinary feat pulled off by a lizard could suggest the species is going through a rare evolutionary transition," 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, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But five species of skink lizards native to New Guinea and the Soloman Islands have brilliant bright green liquid pumping through their circulatory system. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 In addition to the traditional hamsters and fish, teachers now are caring for things like chinchillas, rats, skinks, chicks, hissing cockroaches and, of course, snakes. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Teachers open their homes to classroom pets during shutdown," 7 May 2020 In northern parts of Australia, the skinks give birth to live young. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An extraordinary feat pulled off by a lizard could suggest the species is going through a rare evolutionary transition," 11 Apr. 2020 In the last seven days Alpinebog skink NOTE: ONLY BREEDING HABITAT SHOWN FOR REGENT HONEYEATER. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020 In 2019, Aaron Bauer, an Academy Research Associate, found 15 mottled geckos, an orange lizard, a girdled lizard and three skinks -- and most of them are essentially endangered. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites," 7 Dec. 2019 Perrywinkle Perrywinkle, who turns 20 in December, is an apt name for this blue-tongue skink., "We took glam shots of Cincinnati Zoo animals. And they are adorable.," 3 Dec. 2019 Several Maryland skinks have blue iridescent tails when young. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: My clematis has spots and what is this blue worm-like thing?," 3 July 2019 Genetic evidence suggests that this trait evolved four separate times among these lizards, which led researchers to think that the biliverdin might help protect the skinks from malaria or other parasitic infections. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of skink


1866, in the meaning defined above


1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skink


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

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“Skink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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