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gecko

[gek-oh]
noun, plural geck·os, geck·oes.
  1. any of numerous small, mostly nocturnal tropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, usually having toe pads that can cling to smooth surfaces: the largest species, Gekko gecko, is sometimes kept as a pet.
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Origin of gecko

1705–15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch; origin uncertain; alleged to be a Malay word imitative of the lizard's call.
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Historical Examples of gecko

  • If the gecko sounds an odd number of times the answer is affirmative.

    A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan

    John U. Wolff

  • He played at three grand concerts with Gecko, and had a well-deserved success.

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    George Du Maurier

  • Gecko sat and smoked and pondered for a while, and looked from one to the other.

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    George Du Maurier

  • Presently he sees Gecko receive the note and read it and ponder for a while.

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    George Du Maurier

  • At half-past eleven Gecko made his appearance—very meek and humble.

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    George Du Maurier


British Dictionary definitions for gecko

gecko

noun plural -os or -oes
  1. any small insectivorous terrestrial lizard of the family Gekkonidae, of warm regions. The digits have adhesive pads, which enable these animals to climb on smooth surfaces
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Word Origin for gecko

C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gecko

n.

1774, from Malay gekoq, said to be imitative of its cry. Earlier forms were chacco (1711), jackoa (1727).

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