- 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
1705–15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call.
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Examples from the Web for gecko
If the gecko sounds an odd number of times the answer is affirmative.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
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He played at three grand concerts with Gecko, and had a well-deserved success.
Presently he sees Gecko receive the note and read it and ponder for a while.
Gecko sat and smoked and pondered for a while, and looked from one to the other.
At half-past eleven Gecko made his appearance—very meek and humble.
- 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
C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gecko
1774, from Malay gekoq, said to be imitative of its cry. Earlier forms were chacco (1711), jackoa (1727).
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