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whiptail

[hwip-teyl, wip-]
noun
  1. any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, especially of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness.
  2. any of various other whip-tailed animals, as the whipscorpion.
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Origin of whiptail

First recorded in 1765–75; whip + tail1
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Examples from the Web for whiptail

Historical Examples of whiptail

  • Relationship of two whiptail lizards (genus Cnemidophorus) in western Mexico.

    The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico

    William E. Duellman

  • It is considerably larger than the Skeleton or Whiptail, and is just visible to the unassisted eye.