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[liz-erd] /ˈlɪz ərd/
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.
any of various reptiles resembling a lizard, as a dinosaur or crocodile.
leather made from the skin of the lizard, used for shoes, purses, etc.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lacerta.
Nautical. a pennant used as a leader for running rigging, having a thimble or bull's-eye.
The Lizard. Lizard Head.
1350-1400; Middle English liserd, variant of lesard(e) < Middle French lesarde < Latin lacerta Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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.
  • Harmless to humans, these lizards are known to run from potential threats.
British Dictionary definitions for lizards


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 worms related adjectives lacertilian saurian
  1. leather made from the skin of such an animal
  2. (as modifier): a lizard handbag
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin lacerta


the Lizard, a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great Britain Also known as Lizard Head, the Lizard Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for lizards



"an animal resembling a serpent, with legs added to it" [Johnson], late 14c., lusarde, from Anglo-French lusard, Old French laisarde "lizard" (Modern French lézard), from Latin lacertus (fem. lacerta) "lizard," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *leq- "to bend, twist" [Klein].

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lounge lizard

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lizards in the Bible

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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