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.

Definitions of lizard
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him
    synonyms: lounge lizard
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    gigolo
    a man who has sex with and is supported by a woman
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