- any of several tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and allied genera: some are endangered.
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
April 4, 2013
Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.RNC Diary: The Price Of The Party
August 30, 2012
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"
June 12, 2012
He railed about how the law was being obstructed in Guantánamo Bay and about money laundering in the Cayman Islands and in London.Assange Addresses Occupy London Protesters
October 15, 2011
The screams of the poor fellow were terrible as the cayman was running off with him.The Western World
On the 1st of December they caught sight, far away in the south, of the grand island of Cayman.
The cayman, not liking the morsel, looked about for something more to his taste.A Voyage round the World
“If the cayman had come near me, he would have had to repent of his boldness,” he observed.The Wanderers
That cayman with his mouth open is like the Yankee waiting for Colombia to walk in.The Gilded Man
- any tropical American crocodilian of the genus Caiman and related genera, similar to alligators but with a more heavily armoured belly: family Alligatoridae (alligators, etc)
- a variant spelling of cayman
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]