lizard

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A lizard.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Anglo-Norman lusard, from Old French lesard (compare French lézard), from Latin lacertus.

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Noun[edit]

lizard ‎(plural lizards)

  1. Any reptile of the order Squamata (excluding the true snakes), usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelids and a long slender body and tail.
  2. (chiefly in attributive use) Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles.
    • 1990 October 28, Paul Simon, “Proof”, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
      Silver bells jingling from your black lizard boots, my baby / Silver foil to trim your wedding gown
  3. (colloquial) An unctuous person.
  4. (colloquial) A coward.
  5. (rock paper scissors) A hand forming an "O" or "D" shape (a handshape resembling a lizard), that beats paper and Spock and loses to rock and scissors in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.

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