gecko

[gek-oh]
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:
1705–15; < Neo-Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call.

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gecko (ˈɡɛkəʊ)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin]

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gecko
1774, from Malay gekoq, imitative of its cry.
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Another demonstration of the power of biomimetics comes from the gecko.
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The gecko can scamper across sheer surfaces, even vertical walls.
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