Origin of chameleon
noun, genitive Cha·mae·le·on·tis [kuh-mee-lee-on-tis] /kəˌmi liˈɒn tɪs/. Astronomy.
Origin of Chamaeleon
Examples from the Web for chameleon
You have to be an everyman and chameleon, so that every bit of you is involved in the end.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While he could be a chameleon on the international stage, he was never a man of dialogue on the domestic front.
He is also a chameleon, he says, able to adapt his personality to appease any audience.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act|Caitlin Dickson|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Far from a crude warlord, he was a chameleon, equally comfortable as a preacher or a warrior.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor|Finlay Young|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These days, Dougherty calls McCain a “chameleon” who is “flopping all over the place” to make himself attractive to voters.
Not that mine is altogether a chameleon spirit with no hue of its own.Twice Told Tales|Nathaniel Hawthorne
She had chameleon hair, and her poise was that of a soubrette.The Imitator|Percival Pollard
There was a chameleon quality strongly dominant in the creature.The Sleuth of St. James's Square|Melville Davisson Post
No, for a chameleon takes its colour from its surroundings, but you don't.Cinderella Jane|Marjorie Benton Cooke
In the evening, François caught a chameleon, a droll-looking little creature, which changed color in a marvellous manner.The Lands of the Saracen|Bayard Taylor
Word Origin for chameleon
noun Latin genitive Chamaeleontis (kəˌmiːlɪˈɒntɪs)
mid-14c., camelion, from Old French caméléon, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek khamaileon "the chameleon," from khamai "on the ground" (also "dwarf"), akin to chthon "earth" (see chthonic) + leon "lion" (see lion). Perhaps the large head-crest on some species was thought to resemble a lion's mane. The classical -h- was restored in English early 18c. Figurative sense of "variable person" is 1580s. It formerly was supposed to live on air (cf. "Hamlet" III.ii.98).