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Skink \Skink\, n. [L. scincus, Gr. ????.] [Written also scink.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family Scincid[ae], common in the warmer parts of all the continents.

Note: The officinal skink ( Scincus officinalis) inhabits the sandy plains of South Africa. It was believed by the ancients to be a specific for various diseases. A common slender species ( Seps tridactylus) of Southern Europe was formerly believed to produce fatal diseases in cattle by mere contact. The American skinks include numerous species of the genus Eumeces, as the blue-tailed skink ( E. fasciatus) of the Eastern United States. The ground skink, or ground lizard ( Oligosoma laterale) inhabits the Southern United States.


Skink \Skink\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skinked; p. pr. & vb. n. Skinking.] [Icel. skenja; akin to Sw. sk["a]ka, Dan. skienke, AS. scencan, D. & G. schenken. As. scencan is usually derived from sceonc, sceanc, shank, a hollow bone being supposed to have been used to draw off liquor from a cask. [root]161. See Shank, and cf. Nunchion.] To draw or serve, as drink. [Obs.]

Bacchus the wine them skinketh all about.

Such wine as Ganymede doth skink to Jove.


Skink \Skink\, v. i. To serve or draw liquor. [Obs.]


Skink \Skink\, n. Drink; also, pottage. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin.


Etymology 1 n. A lizard of the ''Scincidae'' family, having small or reduced limbs or none at all and long tails that are regenerated when shed. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) drink 2 (context obsolete English) pottage vb. (context Scotland English) to serve (a drink)


n. alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide [syn: scincid, scincid lizard]


Skinks are lizards belonging to the family Scincidae and the infraorder Scincomorpha. With more than 1,500 described species, the Scincidae is one of the most diverse families of lizards.

Skink (disambiguation)

The skinks are a family of lizards.

"Skink" may also refer to:

  • Skink anti-aircraft tank, a Canadian World War II armoured vehicle developed but not put into service
  • , a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918

  • nickname of Clinton Tyree, a re-occurring character in Carl Hiaasen novels
  • The Skinks, a unit from the Warhammer Lizardmen army
  • Cullen skink, a thick Scottish soup
  • Skink (record label), a vanity label of Spinnin' Records.
Skink (record label)

Skink is a record label founded in December 2013 by Dutch electronic music duo Showtek. It is the home to many artists such as MAKJ, twoloud, M35, Ookay and Bassjackers.

It was one of the 40 sub-labels of Spinnin' Records. Since 2016, it is now part of Armada Music following Showtek's departure from Spinnin'.

Usage examples of "skink".

Most of the Skinks had dropped back, and three of the huge ones outraced their companions and had cut the distance between them to about thirty meters.

Nobody had said anything, but they all knew the recon teams would probably have to go belowground to find a Skink COG.

Dozens of skinks had crept out of the fernlike forest and they all seemed to be charging directly at him!

The burning eased and he grabbed the forestock again and flamed the skink that had just shot him.

But the Skinks were a problem that transcended interservice rivalries.

The meeting hall atop Mount Temple had been reduced to rubble by the constant bombardments, so the Convocation was sitting that day in spacious subcellars where the participants were relatively safe from the Skink weapons.

The skinks were bigger than the native amphibians, and their sounds would be different.

Society 437 showed Skink shuttles moving in and out of Beamspace inside a gravity well.

Not quite twelve hours, standard, travel time in Beamspace--assuming the Skinks traveled in Beamspace at the same rate as human ships.

Given the Skink ability to move in and out of Beamspace within a gravity well, the only question was how fast reinforcements could board ships.

Twenty-four hours and thirty-seven minutes after the Skink drone launched, a starship the size of a Crowe-class Amphibious Battle Cruiser popped out of Beamspace into orbit within visual range of the fast frigate CNSS Admiral J.

It dropped shuttles that popped in and out of Beamspace on their way around the globe to the Skink stronghold.

The Brattles and the several other families that had decided to leave the congregation were only a few kilometers down the road back to New Salem when the Skinks struck the encampment.

Others were in physical contact and used their blasters like quarter staffs, battering the Skinks, breaking their bones, smashing their flesh into bloody pulp.

The stunning, ear-ringing quiet that fell when the Skinks stopped battering the bunkers lasted only seconds.