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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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  • Another demonstration of the power of biomimetics comes from the gecko.
  • The gecko's amazing sticky toes inspired scientists to invent a wall-climbing robot.
  • Researchers are thus hoping to employ the gecko's secrets to manufacture adhesives with similar properties.
  • The gecko can scamper across sheer surfaces, even vertical walls.
  • First, the gecko is normally found in houses on walls that are inaccessible to the snake.
  • The gecko returns this favor by keeping our neighborhood pests under control.
  • Many insects and spiders can cling to walls, as can frogs and gecko lizards.
  • gecko-tank-robot climbs up walls, comes for your children.
  • gecko feet have long been a source of inspiration to scientists striving to make superstrong, reusable adhesives.
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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