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[liz-erd] /ˈlɪz ərd/
any of numerous scaly reptiles of the suborder Sauria, order Squamata, typically having a moderately elongate body, a tapering tail, and two pairs of legs held outward from the body, comprising mostly terrestrial and burrowing species.
any of various reptiles resembling a lizard, as a dinosaur or crocodile.
leather made from the skin of the lizard, used for shoes, purses, etc.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lacerta.
Nautical. a pennant used as a leader for running rigging, having a thimble or bull's-eye.
The Lizard. Lizard Head.
Origin of lizard
1350-1400; Middle English liserd, variant of lesard(e) < Middle French lesarde < Latin lacerta

Lizard Head

a promontory in SW Cornwall, in SW England: the southernmost point in England.
Also called Lizard Point, The Lizard. Unabridged
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  • We were exactly 100 days from dock to dock, or 96 days from the lizard to Cape Otway.

  • Then I put the little toads on the board, and the lizard drew them all around.

  • "Be welcome, my English cousin," and then dropped her eyes again to the lizard.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The young girl touched the lizard gently, but it was too frightened to move.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • One peculiarity of this lizard is its ability to run on its hind legs.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for lizard


any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (or Sauria), esp those of the family Lacertidae (Old World lizards), typically having an elongated body, four limbs, and a long tail: includes the geckos, iguanas, chameleons, monitors, and slow worms related adjectives lacertilian saurian
  1. leather made from the skin of such an animal
  2. (as modifier): a lizard handbag
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin lacerta


the Lizard, a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great Britain Also known as Lizard Head, the Lizard Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for lizard

"an animal resembling a serpent, with legs added to it" [Johnson], late 14c., lusarde, from Anglo-French lusard, Old French laisarde "lizard" (Modern French lézard), from Latin lacertus (fem. lacerta) "lizard," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *leq- "to bend, twist" [Klein].

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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