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  • n. Any of various monitor lizards native to Australia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular variant of guana (an abbreviated form of iguana) in common use in Australia for any large lizard; specifically, the lace-lizard, Varanus varius. Also gohanna.

Etymologies

A respelling in Australia of guana. (Reference: The Dinkum Dictionary : The Origins of Australian Words, Susan Butler, Text Publishing, 2001, ISBN 187648585X.) (Wiktionary)

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    April 1, 2010

  • "Quick woke again and there was Wentworth's daughter, Lucy. She was rubbing his blistered skin with goanna oil."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 202 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    April 1, 2010

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