lizard

A lizard is a type of reptile that has scales for skin, a long body, a pointy tail, and usually four legs. And they breathe fire. Okay, maybe not that last part, but that would be awesome.

Lizards can be smaller than an inch long, or massive in size and weight — like the Komodo dragon, which can grow over ten feet in length. A type of lizard called a chameleon can change colors whenever it wants, and the Jesus lizard can walk on water. Most lizards live in deserts or jungles, however the word lizard comes from the Latin lacertus, which means “sea fish” — perhaps because they look like a monster that crawled out of the ocean.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: lizard

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n
relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
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n
a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: lizard
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n relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail

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gecko
any of various small chiefly tropical and usually nocturnal insectivorous terrestrial lizards typically with immovable eyelids; completely harmless
iguanid, iguanid lizard
lizards of the New World and Madagascar and some Pacific islands; typically having a long tail and bright throat patch in males
worm lizard
a lizard of the genus Amphisbaena; harmless wormlike limbless lizard of warm or tropical regions having concealed eyes and ears and a short blunt tail
night lizard
small secretive nocturnal lizard of southwestern North America and Cuba; bear live young
scincid, scincid lizard, skink
alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide
teiid, teiid lizard
tropical New World lizard with a long tail and large rectangular scales on the belly and a long tail
agamid, agamid lizard
a lizard of the family Agamidae
anguid lizard
any of a small family of lizards widely distributed in warm areas; all are harmless and useful as destroyers of e.g. slugs and insects
legless lizard
degenerate wormlike burrowing lizard of California closely related to alligator lizards
Lanthanotus borneensis
a stout-bodied pleurodont lizard of Borneo
venomous lizard
any of two or three large heavy-bodied lizards; only known venomous lizards
lacertid, lacertid lizard
Old World terrestrial lizard
chamaeleon, chameleon
lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue
monitor, monitor lizard, varan
any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles
Ptychozoon homalocephalum, flying gecko, fringed gecko
a gecko that has membranous expansions along the sides of its body and limbs and tail that enable it to glide short distances
banded gecko
any of several geckos with dark bands across the body and differing from typical geckos in having movable eyelids; of United States southwest and Florida Gulf Coast
Iguana iguana, common iguana, iguana
large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America
Amblyrhynchus cristatus, marine iguana
shore-dwelling seaweed-eating lizard of the Galapagos Islands
Dipsosaurus dorsalis, desert iguana
small long-tailed lizard of arid areas of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico
Sauromalus obesus, chuckwalla
a herbivorous lizard that lives among rocks in the arid parts of southwestern United States and Mexico
Callisaurus draconoides, gridiron-tailed lizard, zebra-tailed lizard
swift lizard with long black-banded tail and long legs; of deserts of United States and Mexico
Uma notata, fringe-toed lizard
with long pointed scales around toes; of deserts of United States and Mexico
earless lizard
any of several slender lizards without external ear openings: of plains of western United States and Mexico
collared lizard
any of several robust long-tailed lizards with collars of two dark bands; of central and western United States and northern Mexico
leopard lizard
any of several large lizards with many dark spots; of western United States and northern Mexico
spiny lizard
any of numerous lizards with overlapping ridged pointed scales; of North America and Central America
Uta stansburiana, sand lizard, side-blotched lizard
one of the most abundant lizards in the arid western United States
Urosaurus ornatus, tree lizard
a climbing lizard of western United States and northern Mexico
horned lizard, horned toad, horny frog
insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the body; of western North America
basilisk
small crested arboreal lizard able to run on its hind legs; of tropical America
American chameleon, Anolis carolinensis, anole
small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin color
Eumeces skiltonianus, western skink
found in western North American grasslands and open woodlands
Eumeces callicephalus, mountain skink
frequents oak and pine habitats in rocky mountainous areas of United States southwest and Mexico
whiptail, whiptail lizard
any of numerous very agile and alert New World lizards
teju
large (to 3 feet) blackish yellow-banded South American lizard; raid henhouses; used as food
caiman lizard
crocodile-like lizard of South America having powerful jaws for crushing snails and mussels
agama
small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World
Chlamydosaurus kingi, frilled lizard
large arboreal insectivorous Australian lizard with a ruff of skin around the neck
dragon, flying dragon, flying lizard
any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body
moloch
any lizard of the genus Moloch
alligator lizard
slim short-limbed lizard having a distinctive fold on each side that permits expansion; of western North America
Anguis fragilis, blindworm, slowworm
small burrowing legless European lizard with tiny eyes; popularly believed to be blind
glass lizard, glass snake, joint snake
snakelike lizard of Europe and Asia and North America with vestigial hind limbs and the ability to regenerate its long fragile tail
Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum
large orange and black lizard of southwestern United States; not dangerous unless molested
Heloderma horridum, Mexican beaded lizard, beaded lizard
lizard with black and yellowish beadlike scales; of western Mexico
Lacerta agilis, sand lizard
a common and widely distributed lizard of Europe and central Asia
Lacerta viridis, green lizard
a common Eurasian lizard about a foot long
African chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon
a chameleon found in Africa
Chamaeleo oweni, horned chameleon
a kind of chameleon
African monitor, Varanus niloticus
destroys crocodile eggs
Komodo dragon, Komodo lizard, Varanus komodoensis, dragon lizard, giant lizard
the largest lizard in the world (10 feet); found on Indonesian islands
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saurian
any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria which includes lizards; in former classifications included also the crocodiles and dinosaurs
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n a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him

Synonyms:
lounge lizard
Type of:
gigolo
a man who has sex with and is supported by a woman
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