gecko

[ gek-oh ]
/ ˈgɛk oʊ /
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noun, plural geck·os, geck·oes.

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.

Nearby words

  1. geb,
  2. geb.,
  3. geba,
  4. geber,
  5. gebrselassie,
  6. ged,
  7. gedact,
  8. gedaliah,
  9. gedanken experiment,
  10. geddes

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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British Dictionary definitions for gecko

gecko

/ (ˈɡɛkəʊ) /

noun plural -os or -oes

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

Word Origin for gecko

C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for gecko

gecko

n.

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

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