goanna

goanna

[goh-an-uh]
noun
any of the several large monitor lizards of the family Varanidae, of Australia, especially Varanus varius and V. giganteus, both sometimes growing to 6 feet (1.8 meters).

Origin:
1795–1805; aphetic form of iguana

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goanna (ɡəʊˈænə)
 
n
1.  any of various Australian monitor lizards
2.  slang (Austral) a piano
 
[C19: sense 1 changed from iguana; sense 2 from rhyming slang pianna]

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