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[key-muh n] /ˈkeɪ mən/
noun, plural caimans.
any of several tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and allied genera: some are endangered.
Origin of caiman
1570-80; < Spanish caimán < Carib Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mans
a variant spelling of cayman
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Word Origin and History for caiman

also cayman, 1570s, from Portuguese or Spanish caiman, from Carib acayouman "crocodile," or perhaps from a Congo African word applied to the reptiles in the new world by African slaves. "The name appears to be one of those like anaconda and bom, boma, which the Portuguese or Spaniards very early caught up in one part of the world, and naturalized in another." [OED]

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