[ tee-id ]
/ ˈti ɪd /
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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.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for teiid
From the observations made by Peters (1954:28), this snake is diurnal and feeds on teiid lizards.
Variation, distribution, and ecology of the Mexican teiid lizard Cnemidophorus calidipes.