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galliwasp

[ gal-uh-wosp ]
/ ˈgæl əˌwɒsp /
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noun
any of numerous scaly marsh lizards of the genus Diploglossus, inhabiting Central America and the West Indies.
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Origin of galliwasp

First recorded in 1715–25; earlier gallivache (1683), of unexplained origin; apparently assimilated to gally, wasp
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British Dictionary definitions for galliwasp

galliwasp
/ (ˈɡælɪˌwɒsp) /

noun
any lizard of the Central American genus Diploglossus, esp D. monotropis of the Caribbean: family Anguidae

Word Origin for galliwasp

C18: of unknown origin
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