Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See chameleon.
- n. The typical genus of the family Chamæleontidæ, containing the chameleons. See chameleon.
- n. A name given by Theophrastus and other early writers to certain plants, because their leaves change color frequently. The black chamæleon is believed to have been Cardopatium corymbosum, a thistle-like plant of the Mediterranean region. The white chamæleon was the Carlina gummifera. The roots of both contain an acrid resin and were used medicinally.
- n. alternative spelling of chameleon.
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