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[liz-erd] /ˈlɪz ərd/

any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing species.
any of various reptiles resembling a lizard, as a dinosaur or crocodile.
leather made from the skin of the lizard, used for shoes, purses, etc.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lacerta.
Nautical. a pennant used as a leader for running rigging, having a thimble or bull’s-eye.
The Lizard. .
a promontory in SW Cornwall, in SW England: the southernmost point in England.
any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (or Sauria), esp those of the family Lacertidae (Old World lizards), typically having an elongated body, four limbs, and a long tail: includes the geckos, iguanas, chameleons, monitors, and slow worms related adjectives lacertilian saurian

the Lizard, a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great Britain Also known as Lizard Head, the Lizard Peninsula

“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].

Related Terms

lounge lizard

Only in Lev. 11:30, as rendering of Hebrew _letaah_, so called from its “hiding.” Supposed to be the Lacerta gecko or fan-foot lizard, from the toes of which poison exudes. (See CHAMELEON.)


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  • Lizard-head

    noun 1. a promontory in SW Cornwall, in SW England: the southernmost point in England.

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