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[chuhk-wah-luh] /ˈtʃʌkˌwɑ lə/
an iguanid lizard, Sauromalis obesus, of arid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that feeds on desert plants.
Origin of chuckwalla
California Spanish
1865-70, Americanism; < California Spanish chacahuala < Cahuilla čáxwal Unabridged
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  • Here and there a chuckwalla darted across the trail or a rock squirrel sat on his haunches and scolded as we passed.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • You've had water three times to our once, and yet you go to work and peter out with chuckwalla Tanks only five miles away.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • If we don't strike water at chuckwalla Tanks there'll be real eloquence to that word 'perhaps.'

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for chuckwalla


a lizard, Sauromalus obesus, that has an inflatable body and inhabits desert regions of the southwestern US: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
Word Origin
from Mexican Spanish chacahuala, from Shoshonean tcaxxwal
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