Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several long-bodied lizards of the genus Diploglossus, native to marshy regions of Central America and the West Indies.

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  • n. Any of the lizards in the genus Celestus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A West Indian lizard (Celestus occiduus), about a foot long, imagined by the natives to be venomous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lizard, Celestus occiduus, about a foot long, remarkably stout and plump, and brown in general color.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A mountain chicken that's actually a frog; a half-snake, half-lizard creature called a galliwasp; and an avian Dr Dolittle ... this is the stuff of a children's fantasy, or perhaps

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  • The galliwasp lizard is a perfect example of the rare and endemic (occurring nowhere else) species found in various regions of the Amazon.

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  • (_Cyclura lophoma_), with it dorsal crest like the teeth of a saw running down all its back, might be seen lying out on the branches of the trees, or playing bo-peep from a hole in the trunk; or, in the swamps and morasses of Westmoreland, the yellow galliwasp (_Celestus occiduus_), so much dreaded and abhorred, yet without reason, might be observed sitting idly in the mouth of its burrow, or feeding on the wild fruits and marshy plants that constitute its food.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 421 Volume 17, New Series, January 24, 1852

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  • I don't even know why I'm trying to convince anyone. I can't bear the sight of wasps anyway.

    This lizard is way cuter.

    October 16, 2007

  • *squinting* Nope, don't see it. Sure, it looks galli-like, but not waspy.

    But that's just me.

    October 16, 2007

  • Nah, come on, guys. Look at its eyes! Waspy!!

    October 16, 2007

  • Me too!

    October 16, 2007

  • Bummer! I was really hoping it would look more waspish...

    October 15, 2007

  • Doesn't appear to. Here's an example. Couldn't find anything in the etymology, either.

    October 15, 2007

  • Does it have a stinger on the end of its tail?

    October 15, 2007

  • A small lizard of the West Indies.

    October 15, 2007