whiptail

noun
whip·​tail | \ˈhwip-ˌtāl, ˈwip-\

Definition of whiptail 

: any of various long slender American lizards (genus Cnemidophorus) having a whiplike tail and including some forms that are parthenogenetic

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Not for the squeamish, the islands are also home to creepy crawlers like the world’s rarest snake, called the St. Lucia Racer, that slithers between the rock crevices, and the whiptail lizard with its speckled blue tail. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 Some more of our favorite misnomers: —The whiptail scorpion, or vinegaroon, is a type of arachnid, but not actually a scorpion. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "9 Animals With Misleading Names," 19 Nov. 2016 Some more of our favorite misnomers: —The whiptail scorpion, or vinegaroon, is a type of arachnid, but not actually a scorpion. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "9 Animals With Misleading Names," 19 Nov. 2016

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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