lacertilian

[ las-er-til-ee-uh n, -til-yuh n ]
/ ˌlæs ərˈtɪl i ən, -ˈtɪl yən /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the reptilian suborder Lacertilia, comprising the lizards.

noun

a lacertilian reptile.
Also la·cer·tian [luh-sur-shuh n] /ləˈsɜr ʃən/.

Origin of lacertilian

1850–55; < New Latin Lacertili(a) (Latin Lacert(a) Lacerta + -ilia, neuter plural of -ilis -ile) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for lacertilian

lacertilian
/ (ˌlæsəˈtɪlɪən) /

noun Also: lacertian (ləˈsɜːʃən)

any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (lizards)

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Lacertilia

Word Origin for lacertilian

C19: New Latin, from Latin lacerta lizard
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Science definitions for lacertilian

lacertilian
[ lăs′ər-tĭlē-ən ]

Relating to or characteristic of lizards and closely related reptiles.
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