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horned lizard

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noun

an insectivorous iguanid lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, of western North America, having hornlike spines on the head and a flattened body covered with spiny scales.

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Also called horned toad .

Origin of horned lizard

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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