lizard

[ liz-erd ]
/ ˈlɪz ərd /

noun

Origin of lizard

1350–1400; Middle English liserd, variant of lesard(e) < Middle French lesarde < Latin lacerta

Definition for lizard (2 of 2)

Lizard Head


noun

a promontory in SW Cornwall, in SW England: the southernmost point in England.
Also called Lizard Point, The Lizard.
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British Dictionary definitions for lizard (1 of 2)

lizard

/ (ˈlɪzəd) /

noun

any reptile of the suborder Lacertilia (or Sauria), esp those of the family Lacertidae (Old World lizards), typically having an elongated body, four limbs, and a long tail: includes the geckos, iguanas, chameleons, monitors, and slow wormsRelated adjectives: lacertilian, saurian
  1. leather made from the skin of such an animal
  2. (as modifier)a lizard handbag

Word Origin for lizard

C14: via Old French from Latin lacerta

British Dictionary definitions for lizard (2 of 2)

Lizard

/ (ˈlɪzəd) /

noun

the Lizard a promontory in SW England, in SW Cornwall: the southernmost point in Great BritainAlso known as: Lizard Head, the Lizard Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for lizard

lizard


n.

"an animal resembling a serpent, with legs added to it" [Johnson], late 14c., lusarde, from Anglo-French lusard, Old French laisarde "lizard" (Modern French lézard), from Latin lacertus (fem. lacerta) "lizard," of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *leq- "to bend, twist" [Klein].

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