teiid

noun

te·​iid ˈtē-əd How to pronounce teiid (audio) ˈtī- How to pronounce teiid (audio)
: any of a family (Teiidae) of mostly tropical American lizards (such as the racerunner) with an elongate forked tongue
teiid adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin Teiidae, from Teius, genus of lizards, from Portuguese teiú, the lizard Tupinambis teguixim, from Tupi tejú

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teiid was in 1956

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Cite this Entry

“Teiid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teiid. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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