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goanna

[ goh-an-uh ]
/ goʊˈæn ə /
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noun

any of the several large monitor lizards of the family Varanidae, of Australia, especially Varanus varius and V. giganteus, both sometimes growing to 6 feet (1.8 meters).

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Origin of goanna

First recorded in 1795–1805; aphetic form of iguana
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goanna
/ (ɡəʊˈænə) /

noun

any of various Australian monitor lizards
Australian slang a piano

Word Origin for goanna

C19: sense 1 changed from iguana; sense 2 from rhyming slang pianna
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