Chameleon and Iguana

Chameleon

Chameleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green.

chameleon n 1: a changeable or inconstant person 2: a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Apus and Mensa [syn: {Chamaeleon}] 3: lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue [syn: {chamaeleon}]

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Chameleon \Cha*me"le*on\ (k[.a]*m[=e]"l[-e]*[u^]n), n. [L. Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., ``ground lion;'' chamai` on the ground + le`wn lion. See {Humble}, and {Lion}.] (Zo["o]l.) 1. A lizardlike reptile of the genus {Cham[ae]leo}, of several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is covered with fine granulations; it has eyes which can move separately, the tail is prehensile, and the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back. It is remarkable for its ability to change the color of its skin to blend with its surroundings. [Also sometimes spelled {chamaeleon}.] [1913 Webster +PJC] Note: Its color changes more or less with the color of the objects about it, or with its temper when disturbed. In a cool, dark place it is nearly white, or grayish; on admitting the light, it changes to brown, bottle-green, or blood red, of various shades, and more or less mottled in arrangment. The American chameleons belong to {Anolis} and allied genera of the family {Iguanid[ae]}. They are more slender in form than the true chameleons, but have the same power of changing their colors. [1913 Webster] 2. a person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit the prevailing social climate; an opportunist. [PJC] {Chameleon mineral} (Chem.), the compound called {potassium permanganate}, a dark violet, crystalline substance, {KMnO4}, which in formation passes through a peculiar succession of color from green to blue, purple, red, etc. See {Potassium permanganate}, under {Potassium}. [1913 Webster]

Chameleon a species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Lev. 11:30, where the Hebrew word so translated is _coah_ (R.V., "land crocodile"). In the same verse the Hebrew _tanshemeth_, rendered in Authorized Version "mole," is in Revised Version "chameleon," which is the correct rendering. This animal is very common in Egypt and in the Holy Land, especially in the Jordan valley.

Iguana

Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, several islands in Polynesia such as Fiji and Tonga, and the Caribbean.

iguana n : large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America [syn: {common iguana}, {Iguana iguana}]

Iguana \I*gua"na\, n. [Sp. iguana, from the native name in Haiti. Cf. {Guana}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of the genus {Iguana}, a genus of large American lizards of the family {Iguanid[ae]}. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in color, and feed chiefly upon fruits. [1913 Webster] Note: The common iguana ({Iguana tuberculata}) of the West Indies and South America is sometimes five feet long. Its flesh is highly prized as food. The horned iguana ({Iguana cornuta}) has a conical horn between the eyes. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • chameleon: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • chameleon: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • chameleon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • chameleon: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • iguana: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • iguana: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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