noun, plural cai·mans.
- caicos islands,
- caiman lizard,
- cain and abel,
- cain complex,
Origin of caiman
Examples from the Web for caiman
Ours is the Caiman model, a 6x6 behemoth that weighs in at over 15 tons and makes Humvees shrivel up with feelings of inadequacy.
The Caiman offers a range of option packages, from bristling-with-machine-guns, to monster-truck-field-hospital.
Neither tortoise nor caiman paid any attention to their presence, but fought on pertinaciously.
Peters (1954:10) refuted Gadow's record on the basis that Gadow's collections contained no specimens of Caiman.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico|William E. Duellman
The jaguar, with his pliable paws and sharp subtle claws, is to them a more dreaded assailant than the crocodile or caiman.
In Caiman trigonatus, the third to the ninth supra-caudal rows have each a median single scute.
This family embraces three genera, readily distinguishable by osteological characters—Alligator, Caiman, and Jacare.
noun plural -mans
also cayman, 1570s, from Portuguese or Spanish caiman, from Carib acayouman "crocodile," or perhaps from a Congo African word applied to the reptiles in the new world by African slaves. "The name appears to be one of those like anaconda and bom, boma, which the Portuguese or Spaniards very early caught up in one part of the world, and naturalized in another." [OED]