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horned lizard

an insectivorous iguanid lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, of western North America, having hornlike spines on the head and a flattened body covered with spiny scales.
Also called horned toad.
Origin of horned lizard
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for horned toad
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  • A horned toad is a good example for us to work out in this department.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • Don't look any more like Clayte than it does like a horned toad.

  • I must not forget my horned toad, Diego, that I got in California.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • He showed me some birds and a horned toad which he had preserved.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • I havent seen you since you captured the horned toad in California.

  • Once, in her haste to overtake her master, she encountered a horned toad.

    Old Mission Stories of California Charles Franklin Carter
  • The horned toad and the lizard had favorite places at each repast.

  • He pulled the horned toad from his waist-front and held it tightly in his two hands.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • One of the most peculiarly armoured animals is the horned lizard, commonly known as the "horned toad" of America.

  • Midsummer found a lonely cactus and a horned toad blooming in my garden.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
British Dictionary definitions for horned toad

horned toad

any small insectivorous burrowing lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, inhabiting desert regions of America, having a flattened toadlike body covered with spines: family Iguanidae (iguanas)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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