noun, plural cay·mans.
Definition for cayman (2 of 2)
noun, plural cai·mans.
Origin of caiman
Examples from the Web for cayman
The British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Belize, and Switzerland.This Is Where the World’s Richest People Hide Their Money|Eliza Shapiro|April 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.
Biggest response: "He holds as much as $8 million in accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes on it."Interesting Research on Voters and "Getting Better"|Michael Tomasky|June 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He railed about how the law was being obstructed in Guantánamo Bay and about money laundering in the Cayman Islands and in London.
Meanwhile the cayman reared his enormous head out of the water, threw himself upon the horse, and seized him by the saddle.The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines|Hezekiah Butterworth
He could not see all the bay, but a vessel could only anchor at one spot and Cayman was not there.
Perhaps no animal in existence bears more decided marks in his countenance of cruelty and malice than the cayman.Wanderings in South America|Charles Waterton
Cayman's deck was sharply slanted; sometimes she lifted her lower side and one felt her bilge work in the sand.
He did not know if he hoped Cayman had been blown ashore, but if she were wrecked, the crew might have saved some stores.
British Dictionary definitions for cayman (1 of 2)
noun plural -mans
Word Origin for cayman
British Dictionary definitions for cayman (2 of 2)
noun plural -mans
Word Origin and History for cayman
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]