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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How to use goanna in a sentence
He had nearly reached its mouth when a great greasy black goanna clambered up a sapling from under his feet and looked fightable.While the Billy Boils | Henry Lawson
He ran round to the other side of the hut, and there was a great black goanna in violent convulsions on the ground.While the Billy Boils | Henry Lawson
The monitor is popularly known as the goanna, a name derived from the iguana, an entirely different animal.
British Dictionary definitions for goanna
any of various Australian monitor lizards
Australian slang a piano
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