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teiid

[ tee-id ]
/ ˈti ɪd /
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noun

any of a large group of chiefly tropical New World lizards of the family Teiidae, as the racerunner, caiman lizard, or whiptail, characterized by large rectangular scales on the belly and a long tail.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Teiidae.

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Origin of teiid

1955–60; <New Latin Teiidae, equivalent to Tei(us) genus name (<Portuguese tejú lizard of the genus Tupinambis<Tupi tejú, teyú) + -idae-id2
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