skink

Definitions

  • The blue-tailed skink
    The blue-tailed skink
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skink 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Skink (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family Scincidæ, common in the warmer parts of all the continents.☞ 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.
    • n Skink Drink; also, pottage.
    • v. t Skink To draw or serve, as drink. "Bacchus the wine them skinketh all about.""Such wine as Ganymede doth skink to Jove."
    • v. i Skink To serve or draw liquor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skink To draw or pour out (liquor); serve for drinking; offer or present (drink, etc.).
    • skink To fill with liquor; pour liquor into.
    • skink To draw, pour out, or serve liquor or drink.
    • n skink Drink; any liquor used as a beverage.
    • n skink A skinker. See the quotation.
    • n skink A shin-bone of beef; also, soup made with a shin of beef or other sinewy parts.
    • n skink A scincoid lizard; any member of the family Scincidæ in a broad sense, as the adda, Scincus officinalis, to which the name probably first attached. They are harmless creatures, some inches long, natives mostly of warm countries, with small, sometimes rudimentary limbs, and generally smooth scales. Those with well-formed legs resemble other lizards, but some (as of the scarcely separable family Anguidæ) are more snake-like or even worm-like, as the slow-worm of Europe. Common skinks in the United States are the blue-tailed, Eumeces fasciatus, and the ground-skink, Oligosoma laterale. See Anguis, Eumeces, Seps, and cuts under Cyclodus and Scincus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skink skingk drink
    • n Skink skingk an African lizard.
    • n Skink skingk (Scot.) a shin-bone of beef, soup made from such.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skenja,; akin to Sw. skäka, 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. √161. See Shank, and cf. Nunchion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. schonk, a bone; cf. Shank.

Usage

In literature:

I ain't afraid of skinks.
"The Flying U's Last Stand" by B. M. Bower
SKINK(ER), pour, draw(er), tapster.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
SKINK(ER), pour, draw(er), tapster.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
SKINK(ER), pour, draw(er), tapster.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
SKINK(ER), pour, draw(er), tapster.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
SKINK(ER), pour, draw(er), tapster.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Scincoid, or Skink-formed Lizard, White, Journal 242.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
The Black Banded Skink is found in the central portions of the United States.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
A spunefu' o' stink will spoil a patfu' o' skink.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Another skink, presumably of this species, was seen at Capirio.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
ADDA, a species of lizard, more commonly called Skink.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Shannon (1956:41) discussed the debated issue whether or not the lygosome skinks of the New and Old worlds are conspecific.
"Some Reptiles and Amphibians from Korea" by Robert G Webb
Among them is a large gray monitor and a small white skink.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
The shape and size of some of the excavations suggested predation on skink nests.
"Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas" by Henry S. Fitch
The population of five-lined skinks was relatively sparser than in Skink Woods.
"Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus" by Henry S. Fitch
Skink, blue tailed, *317.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In news:

"Little Skink 's Tail" is one of the few, and it's a lovely little delight of a book.
Snapping off her own bright blue tail (as skinks tend to do in these situations) she escapes beneath a log as the crow dives for the still wiggling ex-extremity.
One of three kittens seized from Tiverton home, along with a dog, cat, fish, tortoise, skink, and deceased tree frog.
A preview of the food to come, including cullen skink and authentic haggis.
Systematically Little Skink rules out the advantages of having the tails of deer, skunks, porcupines, owls, and turtles, each time imagining the tails on her own body.
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