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[gek-oh] /ˈgɛk oʊ/
noun, plural geckos, geckoes.
any of numerous small, mostly nocturnal tropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, usually having toe pads that can cling to smooth surfaces: the largest species, Gekko gecko, is sometimes kept as a pet.
Origin of gecko
1705-15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call. Unabridged
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  • A species of gecko, a small, brilliantly coloured lizard, has the back of its tail armed with plates.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • gecko, on his knees, was alternately chafing her hands and feet.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Taffy was allowed to see gecko, who was remanded till the result of the post-mortem should be made public.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • gecko with a knife, and people holding him, and Svengali bleeding on the ground.

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  • The only reptiles are three species of skinks and four of the gecko; the islands are famed for their freedom from snakes.

  • Why, he always laughed when I tried to sing; and so did Marta; and so did gecko!

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • He played at three grand concerts with gecko, and had a well-deserved success.

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  • I suppose he and gecko had been playing somewhere, for gecko had his fiddle.

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  • Locally this gecko is known as escorpin; the natives believe it to be deadly poisonous.

  • If gecko hadn't been there, I don't know what we should have done.

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British Dictionary definitions for gecko


noun (pl) -os, -oes
any small insectivorous terrestrial lizard of the family Gekkonidae, of warm regions. The digits have adhesive pads, which enable these animals to climb on smooth surfaces
Word Origin
C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gecko

1774, from Malay gekoq, said to be imitative of its cry. Earlier forms were chacco (1711), jackoa (1727).

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