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skink1

[skingk]
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noun
  1. 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

skink2

[skingk]
verb (used with object) Scot. Dialect.
  1. 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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skink

noun
  1. 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

Word Origin

C16: from Latin scincus a lizard, from Greek skinkos
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Word Origin and History for skink

n.

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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