[ tee-id ]
/ ˈti ɪd /


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.


belonging or pertaining to the Teiidae.

Nearby words

  1. teichmann's crystals,
  2. teichoic acid,
  3. teichopsia,
  4. teide,
  5. teiglach,
  6. teil,
  7. teilhard de chardin,
  8. teilhard de chardin, pierre,
  9. teind,
  10. teiresias

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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