- a large, arboreal lizard, Iguana iguana, native to Central and South America, having stout legs and a crest of spines from neck to tail.
- any of various related lizards of the genera Iguana, Ctenosaura, Conolophus, and Amblyrhynchus.
Origin of iguana
1545–55; < Spanish < Arawak iwana
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Examples from the Web for iguana
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The colour of the iguana changes, like that of the chameleon.The Western World
The white and juicy flesh of the iguana was quite a feast for us all.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
We found he had just discovered the nest of an iguana, filled with eggs.On the Banks of the Amazon
Stephens relates how his men found an iguana in one of the ruins in a crevice.The American Egypt
A lizard or iguana calls for a further exercise of culinary knowledge.Spinifex and Sand
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- either of two large tropical American arboreal herbivorous lizards of the genus Iguana, esp I. iguana (common iguana), having a greyish-green body with a row of spines along the back: family Iguanidae
- Also called: iguanid (ɪˈɡwɑːnɪd) any other lizard of the tropical American family Iguanidae
- another name for leguaan
C16: from Spanish, from Arawak iwana
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Word Origin and History for iguana
1550s, from Spanish, from Arawakan (W.Indies) iguana, iwana, the local name for the lizard.
Foure footed beastes ... named Iuannas, muche lyke vnto Crocodiles, of eyght foote length, of moste pleasaunte taste. [Richard Eden, "Decades of the New World," 1555]
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