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giant lizard

noun

Komodo dragon

[kuh-moh-doh] /kəˈmoʊ doʊ/
noun
1.
a monitor lizard, Varanus komodoensis, of certain Indonesian islands E of Java, that grows to a length of 10 feet (3 meters): the largest lizard in the world; now rare.
Also called dragon lizard, giant lizard, Komodo lizard.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; named after Komodo, Indonesian island, its principal range
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Komodo dragon

/kəˈməʊdəʊ/
noun
1.
the largest monitor lizard, Varanus komodoensis, of Komodo and other East Indian islands: grows to a length of 3 m (about 10 ft) and a weight of 135 kilograms (about 300 lbs.)
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Word Origin and History for giant-lizard

Komodo dragon

n.

1927, named for Indonesian island of Komodo, where it lives.

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