Gila monster

Gila monster

noun
a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; after Gila

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Gila monster (ˈhiːlə)
 
n
a large venomous brightly coloured lizard, Heloderma suspectum, inhabiting deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico and feeding mostly on eggs and small mammals: family Helodermatidae
 
[C19: after the Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona]

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gila monster
Heloderma suspectum, 1877, Amer.Eng., from Gila River, which runs through its habitat in Arizona.
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