lizard

[liz-erd]
noun
1.
any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing species.
2.
any of various reptiles resembling a lizard, as a dinosaur or crocodile.
3.
leather made from the skin of the lizard, used for shoes, purses, etc.
4.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lacerta.
6.
Nautical. a pennant used as a leader for running rigging, having a thimble or bull's-eye.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English liserd, variant of lesard(e) < Middle French lesarde < Latin lacerta

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lizard (ˈlɪzəd)
 
n
1.  any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (or Sauria), esp those of the family Lacertidae (Old World lizards), typically having an elongated body, four limbs, and a long tail: includes the geckos, iguanas, chameleons, monitors, and slow wormsRelated: lacertilian, saurian
2.  a.  leather made from the skin of such an animal
 b.  (as modifier): a lizard handbag
 
Related: lacertilian, saurian
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin lacerta]

Lizard (ˈlɪzəd)
 
n
the Lizard Lizard Head, Also known as: the Lizard Peninsula a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great Britain

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lizard
"an animal resembling a serpent, with legs added to it" [Johnson], late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. lusard, from O.Fr. lesard (fem. laisarde), from L. lacertus (fem. lacerta) "lizard," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE base *leq- "to bend, twist."
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Lizard definition


Only in Lev. 11:30, as rendering of Hebrew _letaah_, so called from its "hiding." Supposed to be the Lacerta gecko or fan-foot lizard, from the toes of which poison exudes. (See CHAMELEON.)

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Example sentences for Lizards
It has been agreed, on the basis of morphology, that snakes descended from
  lizards.
Polyploid salamanders and lizards are also quite common and parthenogenetic.
Small vertebrates such as frogs, tadpoles and lizards are occasionally hunted.
Some lizards, such as the gila monster and all monitor lizards.
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