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Origin of American chameleon
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Definition for american chameleon (2 of 2)
[ kuh-mee-lee-uh n, -meel-yuh n ]
/ kəˈmi li ən, -ˈmil yən /
any of numerous Old World lizards of the family Chamaeleontidae, characterized by the ability to change the color of their skin, very slow locomotion, and a projectile tongue.
any of several American lizards capable of changing the color of the skin, especially Anolis carolinensis (American chameleon), of the southeastern U.S.
a changeable, fickle, or inconstant person.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. Chamaeleon.
Origin of chameleon
Related formscha·me·le·on·ic [kuh-mee-lee-on-ik] /kəˌmi liˈɒn ɪk/, adjectivecha·me·le·on·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for american chameleon (1 of 2)
another name for anole
British Dictionary definitions for american chameleon (2 of 2)
/ (kəˈmiːlɪən) /
any lizard of the family Chamaeleontidae of Africa and Madagascar, having long slender legs, a prehensile tail and tongue, and the ability to change colour
a changeable or fickle person
Derived Formschameleonic (kəˌmiːlɪˈɒnɪk), adjectivechameleon-like, adjective
Word Origin for chameleon
C14: from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek khamaileōn, from khamai on the ground + leōn lion
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