from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and related genera, resembling and closely related to the alligators.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relative of the alligator, of the genus Caiman. It resembles an alligator and a crocodile but smaller.
- n. A semi-aquatic lizard, of the genus Dracaena, found in South America. To differentiate from caimans, they are referred to as caiman lizards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See cayman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of tropical American Alligatoridæ, containing such species as C. palpebrosus or C. trigonatus; the caymans.
- n. [lowercase] A cayman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored belly
Spanish caimán, from Carib acayuman.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish caiman or Portuguese caimão, probably from Galibi Carib or perhaps from a Congo lanaguage. (Wiktionary)