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Geckos are lizards belonging to the infraorder Gekkota, found in warm climates throughout the world. They range from 1.6 cm to 60 cm.

gecko n : any of various small chiefly tropical and usually nocturnal insectivorous terrestrial lizards typically with immovable eyelids; completely harmless [also: {geckoes} (pl)]

Gecko \Geck"o\ (g[e^]k"[-o]), n.; pl. {Geckoes} (g[e^]k"[=o]z). [Cf. F. & G. gecko; -- so called from the sound which the animal utters.] (Zo["o]l.) Any lizard of the family {Geckonid[ae]}. The geckoes are small, carnivorous, mostly nocturnal animals with large eyes and vertical, elliptical pupils. Their toes are generally expanded, and furnished with adhesive disks, by which they can run over walls and ceilings. They are numerous in warm countries, and a few species are found in Europe and the United States. See {Wall gecko}, {Fanfoot}. [1913 Webster]


Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with more than 5600 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains.

lizard n 1: relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail 2: a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him [syn: {lounge lizard}]

Lizard \Liz"ard\, n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l['e]zard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. {Alligator}, {Lacerta}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order {Lacertilia}; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the {Hatteria}. [1913 Webster] Note: Most lizards have an elongated body, with four legs, and a long tail; but there are some without legs, and some with a short, thick tail. Most have scales, but some are naked; most have eyelids, but some do not. The tongue is varied in form and structure. In some it is forked, in others, as the chameleons, club-shaped, and very extensible. See {Amphisb[ae]na}, {Chameleon}, {Gecko}, {Gila monster}, {Horned toad}, {Iguana}, and {Dragon}, 6. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends. --R. H. Dana, Ir. [1913 Webster] 3. A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field. [1913 Webster] {Lizard snake} (Zo["o]l.), the garter snake ({Eut[ae]nia sirtalis}). {Lizard stone} (Min.), a kind of serpentine from near Lizard Point, Cornwall, England, -- used for ornamental purposes. [1913 Webster]

Lizard Only in Lev. 11:30, as rendering of Hebrew _letaah_, so called from its "hiding." Supposed to be the Lacerta gecko or fan-foot lizard, from the toes of which poison exudes. (See {CHAMELEON}.)

Data Sources:

  • gecko: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gecko: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lizard: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lizard: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lizard: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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