chuckwalla

[ chuhk-wah-luh ]
/ ˈtʃʌkˌwɑ lə /

noun

an iguanid lizard, Sauromalis obesus, of arid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that feeds on desert plants.

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Origin of chuckwalla

1865–70, Americanism;<California Spanish chacahuala<Cahuilla čáxwal
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Example sentences from the Web for chuckwalla

  • You've had water three times to our once, and yet you go to work and peter out with Chuckwalla Tanks only five miles away.

    The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
  • If we don't strike water at Chuckwalla Tanks there'll be real eloquence to that word 'perhaps.'

    The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
  • Here and there a chuckwalla darted across the trail or a rock squirrel sat on his haunches and scolded as we passed.

    I Married a Ranger|Dama Margaret Smith

British Dictionary definitions for chuckwalla

chuckwalla
/ (ˈtʃʌkˌwɒlə) /

noun

a lizard, Sauromalus obesus, that has an inflatable body and inhabits desert regions of the southwestern US: family Iguanidae (iguanas)

Word Origin for chuckwalla

from Mexican Spanish chacahuala, from Shoshonean tcaxxwal
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