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  • a small lizard, especially the kind found sunbathing on rocks in gardens. Slovenes say things like, "Sedimo na soncu in se grejemo kot martin�?ki" ("We're sitting in the sun, warming ourselves like lizards"). The name of this beastie could be literally translated as "little Martin", and Slovene etymologist Marko Snoj says it is probably derived from the name "St. Martin," though the specific connection to the saint is not clear.

    March 3, 2009