skink

1
[skingk]
noun
  1. 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.

Origin of skink

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1580–90; < Latin scincus < Greek skínkos lizard

skink

2
[skingk]
verb (used with object) Scot. Dialect.
  1. 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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Contemporary Examples of skink

  • But if Hiaasen were none of those things, if all he had ever done was to create the character of Skink, that would be enough.

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    Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

    Malcolm Jones

    September 19, 2014

  • True, the story contains no sex scenes and no swearing, and its protagonists, other than Skink, are two plucky teenagers.

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    Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

    Malcolm Jones

    September 19, 2014

  • And with Skink as his guide, Richard discovers the pleasures of the unplugged life.

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    Malcolm Jones

    September 19, 2014

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British Dictionary definitions for skink

skink

noun
  1. 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

Word Origin for skink

C16: from Latin scincus a lizard, from Greek skinkos
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Word Origin and History for skink
n.

1580s, from Middle French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin.

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