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

  • n. Any of numerous smooth shiny lizards of the family Scincidae, having a cylindrical body and small or rudimentary legs and living chiefly in temperate and tropical regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lizard of the Scincidae family, having small or reduced limbs or none at all and long tails that are regenerated when shed.
  • v. to serve (a drink)
  • n. drink
  • n. pottage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family Scincidæ, common in the warmer parts of all the continents.
  • n. Drink; also, pottage.
  • intransitive v. To serve or draw liquor.
  • transitive v. To draw or serve, as drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw or pour out (liquor); serve for drinking; offer or present (drink, etc.).
  • To fill with liquor; pour liquor into.
  • To draw, pour out, or serve liquor or drink.
  • n. Drink; any liquor used as a beverage.
  • n. A skinker. See the quotation.
  • n. A shin-bone of beef; also, soup made with a shin of beef or other sinewy parts.
  • n. A scincoid lizard; any member of the family Scincidæ in a broad sense, as the adda, Scincus officinalis, to which the name probably first attached.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide


Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scincus, from Ancient Greek σκίνκος (skínkos). (Wiktionary)
From Old English scencan or Old Norse skenkja. (Wiktionary)


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