any of numerous Old World lizards of the family Chamaeleontidae, characterized by the ability to change the color of their skin, very slow locomotion, and a projectile tongue.
any of several American lizards capable of changing the color of the skin, especially Anolis carolinensis(American chameleon ), of the southeastern U.S.
a changeable, fickle, or inconstant person.
(initial capital letter)Astronomy. Chamaeleon.
- cha·me·le·on·ic [kuh-mee-lee-on-ik], /kəˌmi liˈɒn ɪk/, adjective
- cha·me·le·on·like, adjective
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How to use chameleon in a sentence
Scientists say they discovered a sunflower seed-sized subspecies of chameleon that may well be the smallest reptile on Earth.This newly discovered chameleon is so tiny it can fit on your fingertip | | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Hidden beneath the leaf litter of a northern Malagasy forest lives a chameleon so slight that it could tumble off the tip of your finger.A new chameleon species may be the world’s tiniest reptile | Jonathan Lambert | February 4, 2021 | Science News
Like many people unsure of their identities, Owusu initially played the part of a chameleon of sorts, adopting the characteristics of wherever she was and adapting to them.For a multiracial writer, a life marked by earthquakes and other upheavals | Gabrielle Bellot | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
An impressive chameleon, Saint Bodhi has a distinctive perspective that pours out of this G-funk-laced cut called “Zombie”.Trick Or Treat: An All Hallows’ Eve Playlist For You Guys And Ghouls | cmurray | October 30, 2020 | Essence.com
With tresses that can transform into spaces buns, beautiful braids and ethereal pixie-length coiffures, Janelle Monáe is a bonafide hair chameleon.Janelle Monáe Is Serving Up Fall Hair Inspiration In New Photos | Jennifer Ford | September 4, 2020 | Essence.com
“Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” brings the rock chameleon into jazz territory, backed up by a horn-heavy jazz big band.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is a real chameleon … in every look she comes out looking like a different person and that is gold in our business.Lindsay Lohan’s Sister Sets Her Sights on Modeling | Misty White Sidell | May 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
That is a research which yields no statistics, an enquiry like asking what is the ruling colour of a chameleon.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Only a lizard scuttling over the dark-washed bedroom wall, first cousin to the chameleon you saw at Abu Simbel.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
I am unstable as water; incoherent, inconsistent, a very chameleon!The Child of Pleasure | Gabriele D'Annunzio
From Forbess work we extract the following particulars respecting The chameleon.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
If one has a chameleon's tongue, cut out before the creature's death, he may defy all the sharpers in the world.The Mysteries of All Nations | James Grant
British Dictionary definitions for chameleon
any lizard of the family Chamaeleontidae of Africa and Madagascar, having long slender legs, a prehensile tail and tongue, and the ability to change colour
a changeable or fickle person
- chameleonic (kəˌmiːlɪˈɒnɪk), adjective
- chameleon-like, adjective
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