from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various usually small tropical and subtropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, having toes padded with setae containing numerous suction cups that enable them to climb on vertical surfaces.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any lizard of the family Gekkonidae. They are small, carnivorous, mostly nocturnal animals with large eyes and adhesive toes enabling them to climb on vertical surfaces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any lizard of the family Geckonidæ. The geckoes are small, carnivorous, mostly nocturnal animals with large eyes and vertical, elliptical pupils. Their toes are generally expanded, and furnished with adhesive disks, by which they can run over walls and ceilings. They are numerous in warm countries, and a few species are found in Europe and the United States. See wall gecko, fanfoot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lizard of the genus Gecco or family Gecconidæ; a wall-lizard. Also gecco, gekko. See Gecconidæ.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] Same as Gecco.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small chiefly tropical and usually nocturnal insectivorous terrestrial lizards typically with immovable eyelids; completely harmless
The whole gecko is evolved to move in exactly the right way to use these forces to run up walls at high speed.
KANSAS: Lawrence -- experts confirmed the Mediterranean gecko is taking up residence in the state after spreading from the Southeast.
In this earlier dream that he was now recalling a gecko crawled on a wooden cross that marked a mound near the trash barrel where a family cat had been buried in a shoe box coffin long ago.
It is thought that the gecko is the animal contemplated in this description, it being acknowledged by all naturalists to contain a mortal poison.
Of course, it all goes wrong at the end, and not just because the gecko is the app's spokescreature of choice.
Maungatautari ecologist Chris Smuts-Kennedy told the Waikato Times newspaper the death of the gecko was a cruel irony but that this meant the reserve may be home to more members of the species.
He said the 7cm-long gecko, which is common throughout South-East Asia, had invaded much of Australia's northern tip, driving out native gecko species.
Geico's advertising agency, the Richmond, Va.-based Martin Agency wh ich also created the "gecko" spots, sold the Xtranormal idea to Geico executives based partly on the easy and cheap production.
Soundbite of music Mr. ARCOS: His name is Ramon Mejia, but he goes by the name of Perrozompopo, which is a kind of gecko in his native Nicaragua.
The Cyrtodactylus bent-toed gecko which is believed to be new to science.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.