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[liz-erd] /ˈlɪz ərd/
any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing species.
any of various reptiles resembling a lizard, as a dinosaur or crocodile.
leather made from the skin of the lizard, used for shoes, purses, etc.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lacerta.
Nautical. a pennant used as a leader for running rigging, having a thimble or bull's-eye.
The Lizard. Lizard Head.
Origin of lizard
1350-1400; Middle English liserd, variant of lesard(e) < Middle French lesarde < Latin lacerta Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lizard
  • Elsewhere they have gone to court for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and the giant kangaroo rat.
  • Ectotherms, by contrast, warm their bodies by absorbing heat from their surroundings-think of a lizard basking on a rock.
  • Custom-made boots can be ordered, with fancier skins such as ostrich or lizard available for the more extravagant shopper.
  • See a lizard dart out from behind a shrub and listen to the melodic tunes of the meadowlarks.
  • The sharp edges of the blue spiny lizard will not protect it against climate change.
  • In order for a frog to morph into a lizard, it is going to need its genes to do some pretty wild and crazy productive mutations.
  • The computer model showed that the skull of the giant lizard varies in density.
  • When a lizard approaches, the snake strikes, delivering powerful venom.
  • Perhaps the part of the song that arouses our lizard brain is the instrumental opening.
  • Golden eye, a two-foot-long savanna monitor lizard, is about to make a contribution to science.
British Dictionary definitions for lizard


any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (or Sauria), esp those of the family Lacertidae (Old World lizards), typically having an elongated body, four limbs, and a long tail: includes the geckos, iguanas, chameleons, monitors, and slow worms related adjectives lacertilian saurian
  1. leather made from the skin of such an animal
  2. (as modifier): a lizard handbag
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin lacerta


the Lizard, a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great Britain Also known as Lizard Head, the Lizard Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for lizard

"an animal resembling a serpent, with legs added to it" [Johnson], late 14c., lusarde, from Anglo-French lusard, Old French laisarde "lizard" (Modern French lézard), from Latin lacertus (fem. lacerta) "lizard," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *leq- "to bend, twist" [Klein].

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lounge lizard

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lizard in the Bible

Only in Lev. 11:30, as rendering of Hebrew _letaah_, so called from its "hiding." Supposed to be the Lacerta gecko or fan-foot lizard, from the toes of which poison exudes. (See CHAMELEON.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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