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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
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
The galliwasp lizard is a perfect example of the rare and endemic (occurring nowhere else) species found in various regions of the Amazon.
(_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.
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