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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The severed heads of gulls, rabbits, crows, mice, owls, moles and small lizards looked down on me.
▪ All the wiring was exposed and frayed, and small lizards ran across the ceiling.
▪ Everywhere they came upon beetles, spiders and small lizards which scurried away as they pushed through the fibrous, resistant heather.
▪ Tarsiers feed mainly on insects and their larvae but can catch small lizards, fledgling birds, spiders and forest mice.
▪ No hot tropical night is complete without one of these small lizards darting up walls and across ceilings.
▪ Some eat insects, others nectar, or fruit or seeds, or even snails and small lizards.
▪ Our sand lizard, resembling a green mini-monster from prehistoric times, scrambled over the twiggy heather.
▪ It's one of the few places in Britain where you can catch sight of the endangered sand lizard or smooth snake.
▪ All the wiring was exposed and frayed, and small lizards ran across the ceiling.
▪ And lizards hid lots of baby lizards under the rocks in the desert.
▪ He stood facing the wall where the lizard stains were, rubbing the back of his neck.
▪ It reminded him of the lizards smashed on his hotel wall.
▪ The lizards seem to use their fringes to absorb heat while basking in the sun.
▪ The severed heads of gulls, rabbits, crows, mice, owls, moles and small lizards looked down on me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lizard \Liz"ard\, n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l['e]zard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. Alligator, Lacerta.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.

    Note: Most lizards have an elongated body, with four legs, and a long tail; but there are some without legs, and some with a short, thick tail. Most have scales, but some are naked; most have eyelids, but some do not. The tongue is varied in form and structure. In some it is forked, in others, as the chameleons, club-shaped, and very extensible. See Amphisb[ae]na, Chameleon, Gecko, Gila monster, Horned toad, Iguana, and Dragon, 6.

  2. (Naut.) A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.
    --R. H. Dana, Ir.

  3. A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.

    Lizard snake (Zo["o]l.), the garter snake ( Eut[ae]nia sirtalis).

    Lizard stone (Min.), a kind of serpentine from near Lizard Point, Cornwall, England, -- used for ornamental purposes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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].\n


n. 1 Any reptile of the order Squamata, usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelids and a long slender body and tail. 2 (context chiefly in attributive use English) Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles. 3 (context colloquial English) An unctuous person. 4 (context colloquial English) A coward.

  1. n. relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail

  2. a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him [syn: lounge lizard]


Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with over 6,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains. The group, traditionally recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, is defined as all extant members of the Lepidosauria (reptiles with overlapping scales) that are neither sphenodonts (i.e., tuatara) nor snakes – they form an evolutionary grade. While the snakes are recognized as falling phylogenetically within the Toxicofera clade from which they evolved, the sphenodonts are the sister group to the squamates, the larger monophyletic group, which includes both the lizards and the snakes.

Lizard (album)

Lizard is the third studio album by British band King Crimson, released in December 1970 by record label Island. It was the second recorded by a transitional line-up of the group that never had the opportunity to perform live, following In the Wake of Poseidon. This is the only album by the band to feature bassist and vocalist Gordon Haskell, apart from his appearance on the song "Cadence and Cascade" from the previous album, and drummer Andy McCulloch as official members of the band.

Lizard (disambiguation)

A lizard is a reptile.

Lizard, The Lizard, or Lizards may also refer to:

Lizard (short stories)

Lizard (とかげ) is a short story collection by Banana Yoshimoto, written in 1993 and translated into English in 1995 by Ann Sherif. It is a collection of six short stories on love and the healing power of time.

In the American edition Banana dedicates her book to Kurt Cobain.

Lizard (camouflage)

The lizard pattern (TAP47 pattern or Leopard pattern for the French) is a family of many related designs of military camouflage pattern, first used by the French Army on uniforms from 1947 to the late 1980s. It was based on the British paratroopers' Denison smock.

There are two major types of lizard pattern, horizontal like the original French design, and vertical like the early variant developed by Portugal. In addition, the Vietnam War tigerstripe pattern is descended from Lizard.

Lizard (comics)

The Lizard (Curt Connors) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as an enemy of Spider-Man. In 2009, the Lizard was named IGN's 62nd Greatest Comic Villain of All Time. In the stories, Dr. Connors was a genetic biologist who researched the ability of certain reptiles to regrow missing limbs, partially to find a way to regenerate his right arm. After a test on himself, he transforms into a violent lizard monster. Though able to revert to his human form, he suffers occasional fits of his alter ego breaking free. The character is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in various voice-over projects, and is portrayed by Rhys Ifans in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.

Lizard (record label)

Lizard is the English name of Russian record label Ящерица which is based and founded in Moscow, Russia.

Lizard (village)

Lizard (sometimes referred to as The Lizard) is a village on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated about ten miles (16 km) south of Helston, and is mainland Britain's most southerly settlement. Lizard is a tourist centre and its large village green is surrounded by cafes and gift shops.

The name derives from the Cornish Lis for 'place' and Ard for 'high'. The village is in the civil parish of Landewednack, the most southerly parish on the British mainland.

The parish church is dedicated to St Winwallo and is the most southerly in mainland Britain. It is built of local Serpentinite stone (see Lizard complex for more information on the peninsula's geology) and is situated in the hamlet of Landewednack, now a suburb of Lizard village.

Lizard Lighthouse, the oldest mainland light in Cornwall, is situated half-a-mile (800 m) south of the village. It has twin towers and was erected in 1752 although there had been a light here since 1619. The Lizard lifeboat station, operated by the RNLI, is situated at Kilcobben Cove half-a-mile east of the village.

The Spanish Armada was first spotted from near Lizard village in 1588.

Usage examples of "lizard".

It is an Old World acrodont lizard of the order Rhip-toglossa, commonly called a chameleon.

He would face everything that protected the House whether he attempted the adamantine doors or the lizard stable wall.

In fact, it was only this morning that we got an aerogram from the Lizard as we came up Channel to say that war was almost a certainty, and advising us to get into Southampton as soon as we could.

Scanning it with admiration, Alec was surprised to find one discordant element embroidered in the lower right-hand corner, the stylized figure of a curled lizard.

Already they have drunk the blood of the bicameral lizards and slaughtered many hunting wilches.

Tybiel shot past a panther to get to a second lizard, while Joha, Brue, Thurmon, and the rest spread out and hunted the rest of the tusked panthers.

Reaux, late-night in his office, watched the lizard, distracting himself as best he could from the quandary he had landed in, trying to have caff and a long-delayed sandwich in peace.

The cayote lives chiefly in the most desolate and forbidding desert, along with the lizard, the jackass-rabbit and the raven, and gets an uncertain and precarious living, and earns it.

After a few more minutes of unsuccessfully trying not to think of what lay in store for a celibate nun in a meat show, I trudged over to the Man of Many Colors, who was lying very still on one of the cots, while the Human Lizard and the India Rubber Man took turns rubbing his wrists vigorously and mopping sweat from his forehead.

I was getting a meaning for that lizard thing, but you talked to me, Farder Coram, and I lost it.

The air was hot and unmoving, not leavened by even the hint of a breeze, and the only sounds on this still afternoon were the scratchy scuttlings of lizards in the underbrush abutting the road, the chirrups of unseen cicadas, and the occasional far-off rumbling of truck engines as Corban pickups headed on or off the highway.

This implies the kind of prolonged activity seen in endothermic mammals and birds, rather than ectothermic lizards and turtles.

It was a massive lizard, perhaps nine feet long and looking like an enormous version of the green fly-catching lizard that lived on the banks of the Elne, but which never to their knowledge grew to more than two feet in length.

Both lizards, as Clair called the men, lounged against the office wall near the closets, 227 Rita Clay Estrada while Danny sat on the corner of the desk reading the paper.

Take a fish or lizard, ideally suited to her environment, with just the right internal chemistry, agility, camouflagewhatever it takes to be healthy, fecund, and successful in her world.