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[chuhk-wah-luh] /ˈtʃʌkˌwɑ lə/
an iguanid lizard, Sauromalis obesus, of arid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that feeds on desert plants.
Origin of chuckwalla
California Spanish
1865-70, Americanism; < California Spanish chacahuala < Cahuilla čáxwal Unabridged
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  • Here and there a chuckwalla darted across the trail or a rock squirrel sat on his haunches and scolded as we passed.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • If we don't strike water at chuckwalla Tanks there'll be real eloquence to that word 'perhaps.'

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • You've had water three times to our once, and yet you go to work and peter out with chuckwalla Tanks only five miles away.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for chuckwalla


a lizard, Sauromalus obesus, that has an inflatable body and inhabits desert regions of the southwestern US: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
Word Origin
from Mexican Spanish chacahuala, from Shoshonean tcaxxwal
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