- any of the several large monitor lizards of the family Varanidae, of Australia, especially Varanus varius and V. giganteus, both sometimes growing to 6 feet (1.8 meters).
Origin of goanna
First recorded in 1795–1805; aphetic form of iguana
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The monitor is popularly known as the goanna, a name derived from the iguana, an entirely different animal.
- any of various Australian monitor lizards
- Australian slang a piano
C19: sense 1 changed from iguana; sense 2 from rhyming slang pianna
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