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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. 2017.
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  • He saw the very small boy confronting his mother with a dead snake, a horned toad and a stubborn set to his lips.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • A horned toad is a good example for us to work out in this department.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • Carney had acquired another riding horse, and the horned toad cabal laughed cynically at his seriousness.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Don't look any more like Clayte than it does like a horned toad.

  • Now and then a rabbit scuttled on ahead of them or a horned toad hopped out of their path.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • I must not forget my horned toad, Diego, that I got in California.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • They could see the little buckskin trailing fifteen lengths behind, and horned toad was between the two.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • He showed me some birds and a horned toad which he had preserved.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • horned toad carried a racing saddle, and from a shaffle bit the reins ran through the steel rings of a martingale.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • I havent seen you since you captured the horned toad in California.

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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