lizard

Definitions

  • Cuban Lizards
    Cuban Lizards
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lizard relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
    • n lizard a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A lizard in the grass A lizard in the grass

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes, two in the center of its head and one on the top of its head
    • Lizard (Naut) A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.
    • Lizard A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.
    • Lizard (Zoöl) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko
    • n lizard A scaly four-legged reptile without a shell; a squamate quadruped saurian; a saurian or lacertilian. In popular language a lizard is almost any reptile except a frog, toad, snake, or turtle; and ordinary book usage is equally indefinite. Thus, skinks, stellios, geckos, chameleons, basilisks, monitors, agamas, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles, etc., are all lizards; pterodactyls are flying-lizards; dinosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs are huge extinct lizards. But the word is most frequently used as the name of the small lacertilians, as those of the family Lacertidæ and some others, which have no special names of their own. See Lacerta, Lacertidæ.
    • n lizard Any member of the old order Sauria or modern order Lacertilia. Such are the reptiles known as slow-worms, glass-snakes, horned toads, etc. Many of these have no limbs, or no obvious ones, and are therefore not lizards in sense 1.
    • n lizard Nautical, a piece of rope with a thimble or bull's-eye spliced into one or both ends, used in a vessel as a leader for ropes.
    • n lizard [capitalized] A certain small constellation. See Lacerta, 2.
    • n lizard A crotch of timber or a forked limb used in place of a sled for hauling stone: a form of stone-boat.
    • n lizard In heraldry, a beast like a wildcat, usually represented as spotted: a rare bearing.
    • n lizard The thorn-tailed lizard, Uromastix acanthinurus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word alligator comes from the Spanish word El Lagarto, which means "The Lizard."
    • n Lizard liz′ard a family of four-footed scaly reptiles, a saurian or lacertilian
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Idioms

Flat out like a lizard drinking - (AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. lézard, L. lacerta, lacertus,. Cf. Alligator Lacerta
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lézard—L. lacerta.

Usage

In literature:

On some were frogs and lizards.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
When we set to the Lizard we shall see the Stags.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Also, applied to any pendant and thimble through which running-rigging was led, now commonly called a lizard.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Lizards are creatures of the tropics and only two small species are found in our vicinity, and these occur but rarely.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
It was a tedious, discomforting run from Land's End to The Lizard.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
When we reach Cadgwith we seem to be genuinely at the Lizard.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
The snakes are too large, and the lizards too lively for us to catch.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
There is plenty of it done at the Lizard, and at Kynance, and right down to St. Michael's Mount to Penzance Harbour, but there is none here.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
There were tigers and snakes in the jungle, and crocodiles and sharks in the Straits, and lizards and other things in the bungalow.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
Lizards of all sizes abound.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
There was Lizard Point ahead in the mist.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The Lizard's young one!
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The lizards had to be looked out for, and shot before they came within range.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Some hundred years since, a transport-ship, filled with troops, was wrecked on the reef off the Lizard Head.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins
Great care should be taken too not to break the tails of lizards.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
Nex' time I'll do it in front of Mirandy, you ornery, bow-laiged, hornin'-in son of a lizard.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Do you deny also that the lizard is the enemy of the woman, and the friend of man?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
This lizard is especially interesting as being the only vertebrate animal which exhibits any peculiarity.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Across a flat rock a lizard scuttled.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
Lizards and such small fry are assiduously looked for.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
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In poetry:

The lizards basking on the soil,
The butterflies who sun their wings;
The bees about their household toil,
They live, they love, the blissful things.
"The Mango-Tree" by Charles Kingsley
Sleek as a lizard at round of a stone,
The look of her heart slipped out and in.
Sweet on her lord her soft eyes shone,
As innocents clear of a shade of sin.
"Penetration And Trust" by George Meredith
As a lizard with the shade
Of a trembling leaf,
Thou with sorrow art dismayed;
Even the sighs of grief
Reproach thee, that thou art not near,
And reproach thou wilt not hear.
"Invocation" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
But Sister Clotilde said nothing at all,
She looked up and down the old grey wall
To see if a lizard were basking there.
She looked across the garden to where
A sycamore
Flanked the garden door.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
The disaster occurred between seven and eight o'clock at night,
Which caused some of the passengers to faint with fright;
As she struck on the Manacles Rocks between Falmouth and Lizard Head,
Which filled many of the passengers' hearts with dread.
"The Wreck of the Steamer 'Mohegan'" by William Topaz McGonagall
But the saltings and the maltings round from Lymington to Lynn,
And a hundred creeks and harbours from the Solent to the Swin,
From Eddystone to Lizard Head and round the Land to Wales
Knew her dipping in from seaward with the sunlight on her sails.
"Coasting Brigantine - Unnamed" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

There Are Ducks and Lizards.
Click the pics below to visit these Lounge Lizard Regulars.
Winking Lizard owner to open 'Lizardville' bar in Cleveland's Galleria .
He first began playing in Chattanooga in the '90s at the Lizard Lounge as a solo artist.
For ordinary size plastics, things like worms and small lizards, I use a regular offset hook .
A walking gumball machine, Fall leaves to be raked, or a scaly lizard.
The Amazing Spider-Man' Deleted Scenes: Secrets Revealed in The Lizard's Lair .
The next time you run across a frog or lizard -- whether you flee in terror or take it home as a new pet -- the Calvert County Natural Resources Division wants to know about it.
Colt Ford to Appear on Lizard Lick Towing.
Lizard Lick Towing 's Ron Shirley and the mythical promises of reality television.
Lizard Lick crew heads to Mount Olive.
Amy Shirley, left, co-star of the hit reality television show "Lizard Lick Towing," autographs the cast of Chelsea Corey during an appearance at Lee Inc in Mount Olive early Saturday afternoon.
Peculiarly intriguing reality shows: 'Oddities,' 'Face Off' and 'Lizard Lick Towing.
Winking Lizard dumping Miller Lite , Bud Light.
A lizard causes a power outage at a shopping plaza in Boca Raton.
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In science:

Tuatara (“peaks on the back” in Maori) is a reptile (not a lizard) found only in New Zealand.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
Notice on the Megalosaurus or great fossil lizard of Stonesfield.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
K. (eds) Thunder Lizards: the Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Carpenter (eds.), Thunder Lizards: the Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Carpenter (eds.), Thunder Lizards: the Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Carpenter (eds.), Thunder Lizards: the Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
For α = 2, the system cycles on a periodic orbit; for α > 2, it spirals into the fixed point; for α < 2, it spirals away from the fixed point, and ends up with only one strategy surviving. A variant of the rock-paper-scissor game is played by the males of a lizard species [106].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Examples from biology include the competition of different bacterial strains , cooperation in virus populations [113], or the cyclic dominance of mating strategies in lizards [94, 95].
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
These data contain informations on the structural habitat of grahami and opalinus lizards.
Discovering a junction tree behind a Markov network by a greedy algorithm
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