any of a large group of chiefly tropical New World lizards of the family Teiidae, as the racerunner, caiman lizard, or whiptail, characterized by large rectangular scales on the belly and a long tail.
belonging or pertaining to the Teiidae.
< Neo-Latin Teiidae,
equivalent to Tei
) genus name (< Portuguese tejú
lizard of the genus Tupinambis
< Tupi tejú, teyú
) + -idae -id2