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The Collaborative International Dictionary

anole \anole\ n. 1. A small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizard ( Anolis carolinensis) with the ability to change skin color.

Syn: American chameleon, Anolis carolinensis [WordNet 1.5] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

or anoli, 1906, from a native name in the Antilles.


n. Any of the (taxlink Anolis genus noshow=1) genus of arboreal American lizards (such as the (vern American chameleon pedia=1)) from the iguana family which feature a brightly colored dewlap and color-changing ability.


n. small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin color [syn: American chameleon, Anolis carolinensis]

Anole (comics)

Anole (Victor Borkowski) is a fictional mutant superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis and first appeared in issue #2 of New Mutants vol. 2 (August 2003). A student at the Xavier Institute and junior member of the X-Men, Anole is one of the few openly gay characters in the Marvel Universe. His reptilian mutation grants him superhuman abilities including wallcrawling, a prehensile tongue, and adaptive camouflage.

Initially a supporting character in New Mutants vol. 2 and its relaunched title, New X-Men: Academy X, Weir and DeFilippis intended for the character to commit suicide early in the series after coming out as gay and finding himself rejected by his family and friends. According to the writers, the story was to serve as a message about intolerance. Marvel editors scrapped the story due to concerns about the controversy it might generate. The storyline was rewritten and the character survived. He since became a fan favorite and began to be featured regularly throughout the series and as a main character in subsequent X-Men-related titles, including New X-Men and the short-lived Young X-Men.

Usage examples of "anole".

There are thirty-six known varieties of anole in this part of Central America.

After midnight, when the heat was almost bearable and anole lizards ran fearlessly across quarry tile floors, these women never wept but did their laundry instead.

She disturbed an emerald anole sunning itself on the flagstones, and it skittered away to blink at her from beneath a branch.

In the life-globe, an anole had climbed the highest branch, lording it over the others.

Carbonell did not notice he was under attack until a vanguard of anoles swarmed onto his leg.

His globe, imported at great cost from Earth itself, involved anoles, quick, flitting creatures that fed and mated, birthed and died and fed the plants that fed the creatures that fed them.