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skink

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[ skingk ]
/ skɪŋk /
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noun

any of numerous lizards of the family Scincidae, common in many regions of the Old and New World, typically having flat, smooth, overlapping scales and comprising terrestrial, arboreal, and fossorial species.

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Origin of skink

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1580–90; <Latin scincus<Greek skínkos lizard

Definition for skink (2 of 2)

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[ skingk ]
/ skɪŋk /

verb (used with object) Scot. Dialect.

to serve (a beverage).

Origin of skink

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1350–1400; Middle English skynken<Middle Dutch schenken, schinken; cognate with Old English scencan,German schenken
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British Dictionary definitions for skink

skink
/ (skɪŋk) /

noun

any lizard of the family Scincidae, commonest in tropical Africa and Asia, having reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with smooth scalesRelated adjective: scincoid
C16: from Latin scincus a lizard, from Greek skinkos
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