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spiny lizard


noun

any of numerous iguanid lizards of the genus Sceloporus, common in North and Central America, usually having keeled scales that may end in a sharp point.

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Nearby words

spiny, spiny anteater, spiny cocklebur, spiny dogfish, spiny dormouse, spiny lizard, spiny lobster, spiny rat, spiny-finned, spiny-headed worm, spiny-rayed

Origin of spiny lizard

First recorded in 1850–55
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