whiptail

[ hwip-teyl, wip- ]
/ ˈʰwɪpˌteɪl, ˈwɪp- /

noun

any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, especially of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness.
any of various other whip-tailed animals, as the whipscorpion.

Origin of whiptail

First recorded in 1765–75; whip + tail1
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