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chuckwalla

[chuhk-wah-luh] /ˈtʃʌkˌwɑ lə/
noun
1.
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
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; < California Spanish chacahuala < Cahuilla čáxwal
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  • Impacts to chuckwalla and burro deer individuals and habitat, and potential impacts to rosy boa.
  • The staccato clacks of ravens echo off the canyon walls, while a huge chuckwalla watches from a boulder.
British Dictionary definitions for chuckwalla

chuckwalla

/ˈtʃʌkˌwɒlə/
noun
1.
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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