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.

Nearby words

  1. anoia,
  2. anoint,
  3. anointed,
  4. anointing of the sick,
  5. anoka,
  6. anolyte,
  7. anomalad,
  8. anomalism,
  9. anomalistic,
  10. anomalistic month

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



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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Word Origin and History for anole



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

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