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gecko

[gek-oh] /ˈgɛk oʊ/
noun, plural geckos, geckoes.
1.
any of numerous small, mostly nocturnal tropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, usually having toe pads that can cling to smooth surfaces: the largest species, Gekko gecko, is sometimes kept as a pet.
Origin of gecko
1705-1715
1705-15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call.
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  • If the gecko sounds an odd number of times the answer is affirmative.

  • He played at three grand concerts with gecko, and had a well-deserved success.

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  • Presently he sees gecko receive the note and read it and ponder for a while.

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  • gecko sat and smoked and pondered for a while, and looked from one to the other.

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  • At half-past eleven gecko made his appearance—very meek and humble.

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  • gecko, on his knees, was alternately chafing her hands and feet.

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  • gecko with a knife, and people holding him, and Svengali bleeding on the ground.

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  • Why, he always laughed when I tried to sing; and so did Marta; and so did gecko!

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  • I suppose he and gecko had been playing somewhere, for gecko had his fiddle.

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  • If gecko hadn't been there, I don't know what we should have done.

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British Dictionary definitions for gecko

gecko

/ˈɡɛkəʊ/
noun (pl) -os, -oes
1.
any small insectivorous terrestrial lizard of the family Gekkonidae, of warm regions. The digits have adhesive pads, which enable these animals to climb on smooth surfaces
Word Origin
C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gecko
n.

1774, from Malay gekoq, said to be imitative of its cry. Earlier forms were chacco (1711), jackoa (1727).

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