any of several lizards of the genera Algaria and Gerrhonotus, of western North America, having shinglelike scales and a fold along each side that permits expansion.
- Alligator pear
(def 1). Historical Examples It was like an alligator pear—and his complexion was like those cactus fruits that likewise infest fancy grocers’ shops. Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells In Florida and southern California the avocado or alligator pear is being extensively cultivated. Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers The aguacate, better known to us as the […]
- Alligator pepper
noun (mainly W African) a tropical African zingiberaceous plant, Amomum melegueta, having red or orange spicy seed capsules the capsules or seeds of this plant, used as a spice
- Alligator shear
heavy shears for cutting metal slabs.
- Alligator skin
alligator skin alligator skin n. See ichthyosis. Historical Examples The wallet was evidently an expensive one: alligator skin lined with Russian leather. The Carter Girls Nell Speed It looks to me like alligator skin was going out of fashion. The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler A little tree with alligator skin bark grows North and […]
- Alligator snapping turtle
a large American snapping turtle, Macroclemys temmincki, having three prominent ridges on its shell and a wormlike process on the floor of the mouth used to attract prey. Historical Examples The alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys) is probably the most aquatic fresh-water turtle in the United States. North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae) Robert G. […]