American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large monitor lizard (Varanus komodoensis) native to Indonesia. It is the largest living lizard, sometimes growing to a length of 3 meters (10 feet).
- n. An endangered species of monitor lizard native to certain Indonesian islands east of Java. It is the world's largest lizard, growing to 10 feet or 3 meters. It is known for its ability to kill prey with its septic saliva; the resulting septicemia can kill so quickly that it was once suspected the lizard was venomous.
- n. the largest lizard in the world (10 feet); found on Indonesian islands
- From Komodo (island) + dragon (Wiktionary)
- After Komodo, an island of south-central Indonesia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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