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  1. any of numerous agamid lizards of the genus Agama, many of which are brilliantly colored and have the ability to change the color of the skin.
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Origin of agama

1810–20; < New Latin < Carib


noun Hinduism, Buddhism.
  1. any of the Tantric writings.
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Origin of Agama

From the Sanskrit word āgama tradition, traditional work
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Examples from the Web for agama

Historical Examples

  • The brilliantly coloured red and blue lizard (Agama colonorum) is found in the coast region of eastern Liberia.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 5


  • The last, however, though vulgarly believed to be a batrachian, is in reality a lizard—the Agama cornuta.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • A beautiful species of lizard130 (agama), is occasionally met with in this territory.

  • Another species of Agama was found, differing from the former by its general grey colour, with black spots on the back.

  • Mr. Roper found an Agama, with light grey on the back, and a yellow belly.

British Dictionary definitions for agama


  1. any small terrestrial lizard of the genus Agama, which inhabit warm regions of the Old World: family Agamidae
  2. Also called: agamid (ˈæɡəmɪd, əˈɡæmɪd) any other lizard of the family Agamidae, which occur in the Old World and Australia and show a wide range of habits and diversity of structure
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Word Origin

C19: Carib
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