goanna

[goh-an-uh]
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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).

Nearby words

  1. goalmouth,
  2. goalpost,
  3. goaltender,
  4. goaltending,
  5. goalwards,
  6. goat,
  7. goat antelope,
  8. goat cheese,
  9. goat god,
  10. goat island

Origin of goanna

First recorded in 1795–1805; aphetic form of iguana

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British Dictionary definitions for goanna

goanna

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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