Origin of lizard

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

Lizard Head


a promontory in SW Cornwall, in SW England: the southernmost point in England.
Also called Lizard Point, The Lizard. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • We were exactly 100 days from dock to dock, or 96 days from the Lizard to Cape Otway.

  • Then I put the little toads on the board, and the lizard drew them all around.

  • "Be welcome, my English cousin," and then dropped her eyes again to the lizard.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The young girl touched the lizard gently, but it was too frightened to move.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • One peculiarity of this lizard is its ability to run on its hind legs.


    Alan Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for lizard



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



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

"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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