[ uh-noh-lee ]
/ əˈnoʊ li /


any of numerous chiefly insectivorous New World lizards of the genus Anolis, related to the iguana, that have the ability to change the color of their skin among a wide range of green and brown shades.

Origin of anole

1895–1900; variant of anoli < Carib Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anole


/ (əˈnəʊl) /


any small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards of the genus Anolis, such as A. carolinensis (green anole): family Iguanidae (iguanas). They are able to change the colour of their skinAlso called: American chameleon

Word Origin for anole

C18 annolis, from French anolis, from Carib anoli
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