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  1. 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.
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Origin of anole

1895–1900; variant of anoli < Carib
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Historical Examples

  • My limited observations on this anole suggest that it is an inhabitant of the upper levels of the forest.

    Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala

    William E. Duellman

British Dictionary definitions for anole


  1. 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
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Word Origin

C18 annolis, from French anolis, from Carib anoli
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Word Origin and History for anole


or anoli, 1906, from a native name in the Antilles.

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