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lizard

(lĭz′ərd)
n.
Any of numerous squamate reptiles often classified in the suborder Lacertilia, characteristically having a scaly elongated body with a tapering tail, four legs, movable eyelids, and external ear openings.

lizard

[liz′ərd]
Etymology: L, lacerta
a scaly-skinned reptile with a long body and tail and two pairs of legs. The large Gila monster of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and the beaded lizard of Mexico are the only North American lizards known to be venomous. The symptoms of their bites and the recommended treatment are similar to those of the bites from poisonous snakes, except that antivenin is not available.

lizard

any member of the reptilian order Lacertilia, the majority of which possess a long scaly body and tail, and four obvious limbs.

lizard

member of the suborder Lacertilia. There are about 2500 species of true lizards and allied groups. None of them is poisonous.

lizard poisoning
infection with the fluke platynosomumfastosum.
References in classic literature ?
Once more I have seen the count go out in his lizard fashion.
Among the lizard kind was one about nine or ten inches in length, exclusive of the tall, and three inches in circumference.
Here, where on golden throne the monarch lolled, Glides, spectre-like, unto his marble home, Lit by the wanlight lizard of the stones!
As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.
The towers, on whose exterior surface he was frequently seen clambering, like a lizard gliding along a perpendicular wall, those two gigantic twins, so lofty, so menacing, so formidable, possessed for him neither vertigo, nor terror, nor shocks of amazement.
asked a little Green Lizard, as he ran past him with his tail in the air.
and the little Lizard, who was something of a cynic, laughed outright.
We determined whether colonies of harvester ants where lizards fed represented a distinguishable subset of colonies at the site.
Fish and Wildlife Service classifies the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard as endangered, the Texas Conservation Plan would allow oil and gas operations to continue under certain conditions that protect the lizards.
Chester Zoo has also achieved breeding successes with several other threatened lizard species, including sand lizards and the Utilia spiny-tailed iguana.
DOZENS of sand lizards are being released back into their native habitat in an attempt to bring back the UK''s rarest lizard to areas where it has disappeared.
18 ( ANI ): Contradicting previous beliefs, a new study has suggested that ancestors of snakes and lizards probably gave live birth to young ones over laying eggs.