frilled lizard

  1. a medium-sized Australian lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingi, having a large, cloaklike flap of skin on the neck that stiffens during courtship or threat displays, forming a wide ruff.

Origin of frilled lizard

First recorded in 1860–65; frill + -ed3

Words Nearby frilled lizard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frilled lizard in a sentence

  • In color the frilled lizard is yellowish brown mottled with black.

  • After satisfying their curiosity in looking at the frilled lizard, Arthur called on his forces to resume their march.

    The Kangaroo Hunters | Anne Bowman
  • We also noticed here alpine swifts, and a great frilled lizard escaped us amid broken rocks.

    Unexplored Spain | Abel Chapman