[hwip-teyl, wip-]
any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, especially of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness.
any of various other whip-tailed animals, as the whipscorpion.

1765–75; whip + tail1

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Whiptail lizards are a fairly ordinary-looking bunch, but some species are among the strangest animals around.
Most often seen are the several species of whiptail lizards, spiny lizards, and horned lizards.
Rattlesnakes, and side-blotched, whiptail and western fence lizards can also be easily observed during the day.
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