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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
iguana
noun
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▪ Boa constrictors bear live young but pythons don't; rattlesnakes and chameleons do, but cobras and iguanas don't.
▪ Not surprisingly, when a person comes too close, an iguana will make a quick get away.
▪ Scrub hens bounced off the windshield and iguanas skated across the plane of the hood.
▪ The iguana clings to the temple wall.
▪ The number of imported iguanas has grown from 27, 806 in 1986 to 798, 405 in 1993.
▪ This week, health officials are linking the death of a 3-week-old boy in Indiana to the pet iguana.
▪ While I was choosing it, the kids vanished into a nearby pet store where they discovered a nice little iguana.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Iguana

Iguana \I*gua"na\, n. [Sp. iguana, from the native name in Haiti. Cf. Guana.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of the genus Iguana, a genus of large American lizards of the family Iguanid[ae]. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in color, and feed chiefly upon fruits.

Note: The common iguana ( Iguana tuberculata) of the West Indies and South America is sometimes five feet long. Its flesh is highly prized as food. The horned iguana ( Iguana cornuta) has a conical horn between the eyes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
iguana

1550s, from Spanish, from Arawakan (W.Indies) iguana, iwana, the local name for the lizard.Foure footed beastes ... named Iuannas, muche lyke vnto Crocodiles, of eyght foote length, of moste pleasaunte taste. [Richard Eden, "Decades of the New World," 1555]\n

Wiktionary
iguana

n. 1 Any of several members of the lizard family ''(taxlink Iguanidae family noshow=1)''. 2 Any member of the genus (taxlink Iguana genus noshow=1). 3 A green iguana ((taxlink Iguana iguana species noshow=1)); a large tropical American lizard often kept as a pet.

WordNet
iguana

n. large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America [syn: common iguana, Iguana iguana]

Wikipedia
Iguana

Iguana is a genus of omnivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is native to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

The word "iguana" is derived from the original Taino name for the species, iwana.

In addition to the two species in the genus Iguana, several other related genera in the same family have common names of the species including the word "iguana".

Iguana (film)

Iguana is a 1988 international film directed by Monte Hellman and starring Everett McGill in the main role. The movie is based on the titular novel by Spanish novellist Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa, itself based on the life of a real Irish sailor called Patrick Watkins. The movie was mainly shot on location in Lanzarote. Monte Hellman won Bastone Bianco Award (Special Mention) for this movie on the Venice Film Festival in 1988. Iguana premiered in theaters on April 1, 1988 and was released on DVD on March 28, 2003.

Iguana (disambiguation)

Iguana may refer to:

  • the genus Iguana
  • Iguanidae, the Iguana family
  • Green iguana or common iguana, the species popular as pets
  • The Iguanas (Michigan band), one of Iggy Pop's bands
  • The Iguanas (Louisiana band), a rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana
  • IGUANA Computing, the computing usage group
  • Iguana as meat
  • Iguana Entertainment, a defunct US video game developer.
  • "Iguana", a single by Mauro Picotto, 1999
  • Iguana FV4, a South African armoured car
  • Iguana (comics), a fictional character in the Marvel Universe
  • Iguana Girl (or Daughter of the Iguana or Iguana Daughter) is a manga by Moto Hagio
  • Iguana (film) is a 1988 film directed by Monte Hellman

Usage examples of "iguana".

They sent a bandicoot in search of the iguana, but he met the same fate at the hands of the wallaroo.

Court is held at all, it should be conducted by the representative of Antediluvian custom, the most ancient and learned creatures, such as the Iguana, the Snake, and Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus.

All the sounds were harsh and grating--the whirring of grasshoppers and locusts, the chattering of parrots and laughing-jackasses, the cawing of cockatoos and scuttling of iguanas through the coarse dry blady grass.

There were chilies, tomatoes, corn, squash, pumpkins, papaya, avocado, and loaves of breadnut, as well as the boiled carcasses of rabbit, iguana, and armadillo.

They, of course, were not the ones who had given that thundering market its bad reputation but more recent peddlers who made illegal sales of all kinds of questionable merchandise smuggled in on European ships, from obscene postcards and aphrodisiac ointments to the famous Catalonian condoms with iguana crests that fluttered when circumstances required or with flowers at the tip that would open their petals at the will of the user.

Their hairstyles were flocculent Afros or the intricate beaded dreadlocks of the Rastafarians, their faces were painted into death masks of ds like iguana rouge and purple lipstick with iridescent green eyeli lizards.

The following list of articles, forming the food of the West Australian, is from the Journal of the last-named explorer:--Six sorts of kangaroo, twenty-nine sorts of fish, one kind of whale, two species of seal, wild dogs, three kinds of turtle, emus, wild turkeys, two species of opossum, eleven kinds of frogs, four kinds of fresh water shell fish, every sort of sea shell fish, except oysters, four kinds of edible grubs, eggs of birds awl lizards, five animals of the rabbit class, eight sorts of snakes, seven sorts of iguanas, nine species of mice and rats, twenty-nine sorts of roots, seven kinds of fungis, four sorts of gum, two sorts of manna, two species of by-yu, or the nut of the zamia palm, two species of mesembry and themum, two kinds of small nuts, four sorts of wild fruit, besides the seeds of several plants.

Around their feet ran and hopped frogs and salamanders, lizards like iguanas and geckos, and many small, snapping dinosaurs.

She chased tiny things like geckos and iguanas, and munched their flesh.

The weak ones had quickly died, leaving their bones to litter the beaches and rocky outcrops, like the bones of sea lions and iguanas and albatrosses.

In some cages there were several of a species, whether it was rat, frog, iguana, you name it, and in two different cases, chimps and orangutans, they were almost like small zoo exhibits, with the animals able to run free and play on ropes and tires and such.

What iguanas and anacondas, what snoozing geckos languished there, presided over, perhaps, by a heraldic basilisk, a rampant cockatrice!

Two iguanas rode on its head, their bodies curving down to make blinders for its eyes, their tails curled tight around its antlers.

We made good time, and there was an abundance of easily killable game for food—rabbits, iguanas, armadillos—and the climate was comfortable for nighttime camping, so we did not sleep in any of the villages of the Mixe people whose territory we were then traversing.

Now, I never enjoyed this sort of thing even when it was a novelty, but clearly EWC is looking for a younger, crunchier, scorchier type of customer than yours truly—the pop-eyed, batter-fried iguana is another giveaway.