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[ih-gwah-nuh] /ɪˈgwɑ nə/
a large, arboreal lizard, Iguana iguana, native to Central and South America, having stout legs and a crest of spines from neck to tail.
any of various related lizards of the genera Iguana, Ctenosaura, Conolophus, and Amblyrhynchus.
Origin of iguana
1545-55; < Spanish < Arawak iwana Unabridged
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Examples from the web for iguana
  • He said he secured his three dogs and put his iguana in a carrying case because he was concerned he might have to evacuate.
  • The iguana, which is not a true lizard, are vegetarians and are often found in trees.
  • The flight of the iguana a sidelong view of science and nature.
British Dictionary definitions for iguana


either of two large tropical American arboreal herbivorous lizards of the genus Iguana, esp I. iguana (common iguana), having a greyish-green body with a row of spines along the back: family Iguanidae
Also called iguanid (ɪˈɡwɑːnɪd). any other lizard of the tropical American family Iguanidae
another name for leguaan
Derived Forms
iguanian, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from Arawak iwana
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Word Origin and History for iguana

1550s, from Spanish, from Arawakan (W.Indies) iguana, iwana, the local name for the lizard.

Foure footed beastes ... named Iuannas, muche lyke vnto Crocodiles, of eyght foote length, of moste pleasaunte taste. [Richard Eden, "Decades of the New World," 1555]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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