Definition of Iguana

1. Noun. Large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America.

Exact synonyms: Common Iguana, Iguana Iguana
Generic synonyms: Iguanid, Iguanid Lizard
Group relationships: Genus Iguana

Definition of Iguana

1. n. Any species of the genus Iguana, a genus of large American lizards of the family Iguanidæ. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in color, and feed chiefly upon fruits.

Definition of Iguana

1. Noun. Any of several members of the lizard family ''Iguanidae.'' ¹

2. Noun. Any member of the genus ''Iguana.'' ¹

3. Noun. A green iguana (''Iguana iguana''); a large tropical American lizard often kept as a pet. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Iguana

1. a tropical lizard [n -S]

Medical Definition of Iguana

1. Any species of the genus Iguana, a genus of large American lizards of the family Iguanidae. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in colour, and feed chiefly upon fruits. The common iguana (I. Tuberculata) of the West Indies and South America is sometimes five feet long. Its flesh is highly prized as food. The horned iguana (I. Cornuta) has a conical horn between the eyes. Origin: Sp. Iguana, from the native name in Hayti. Cf. Guana. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Iguana

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ignorer
ignorers
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ignoreth
ignoring
ignoscible
ignostic
ignosticism
ignostics
ignote
ignotine
ignotum per ignotius
igovomab
iguana (current term)
iguanas
iguanian
iguanians
iguanid
iguanid lizard
iguanids
iguanodon
iguanodons
iguanodont
iguanodonts
iguanoid
igumen
ihlang-ihlang
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Literary usage of Iguana

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Spruill Fansler (1921)
"THE iguana AND THE TURTLE.1 Once upon a time there lived two good friends, ... One day the turtle invited the iguana to go catch fish in a certain pond that ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1884)
"The teeth were flat, and had a serrated cutting edge like the teeth of the iguana ; and hence the name, signifying iguana- like teeth ; many of them, ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1884)
"Le Conte's " Geology " also says that " the animal takes its name from the form of its teeth, which are much like those of the iguana, a living herbivorous ..."

4. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1904)
"It will be noted that a large iguana from Oat Island has been recorded under the name of the Cuban species (Cope, Proc. US Nat. Mus., 1887, p. ..."

5. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1866)
"They apply this term to the monitor as well as to the iguana. ... The best authorities in herpetology have adopted the Latinised iguana, as the generic name ..."

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