- any of numerous lizards of the family Scincidae, common in many regions of the Old and New World, typically having flat, smooth, overlapping scales and comprising terrestrial, arboreal, and fossorial species.
Origin of skink1
1580–90; < Latin scincus < Greek skínkos lizard
- to serve (a beverage).
Origin of skink2
1350–1400; Middle English skynken < Middle Dutch schenken, schinken; cognate with Old English scencan, German schenken
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Examples from the Web for skink
But if Hiaasen were none of those things, if all he had ever done was to create the character of Skink, that would be enough.
True, the story contains no sex scenes and no swearing, and its protagonists, other than Skink, are two plucky teenagers.
And with Skink as his guide, Richard discovers the pleasures of the unplugged life.
I watched a kingfisher capture and swallow a skink on January 14.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3
Rollin H. Baker
To judge from specimens available, E. dugesi probably is the most abundant and widespread species of skink in the state.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico
William E. Duellman
The shape and size of some of the excavations suggested predation on skink nests.
Like all its tribe, the Skink loves sandy localities, the soil exactly suiting its peculiar habits.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
Nevertheless, in about five minutes the skink had swallowed it entire.
- any lizard of the family Scincidae, commonest in tropical Africa and Asia, having reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with smooth scalesRelated adjective: scincoid
C16: from Latin scincus a lizard, from Greek skinkos
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Word Origin and History for skink
1580s, from Middle French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin.
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