Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anaquatic amphibian with four legs and a tail, as a mud-puppy, water-dog, or hellbender. See triton, newt, and cuts under hellbender, Menobranchus, axolotl, and newt.
- n. A water-monitor or varan. See cut under Hydrosaurus.
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“In short, it is not a frog or a toad, but a salamander or water-lizard, which lays eggs similar to those of the frog, and whose young upon first hatching look very much like young tadpoles.”
“The hideous large water-lizard (_Amblyrhynchus_), swimming with perfect ease, and capable of an hour's immersion in sea-water; and the land lizard of the same genus, so numerous that at James Island it was hardly possible to find a spot free from their burrows, the roofs of which constantly give way under the pedestrian, were equally strange denizens of this group of islands, where reptiles replace herbivorous mammals.”
“It was not a crocodile, Jack, but a large water-lizard," said Mr”
“Other amphibious creatures I perceived at times -- a large water-lizard that almost rivalled the crocodiles in bulk -- and I once had”
“It seizes the anolis, a kind of water-lizard, in the same way.”
“If the wind blew with violence, it was because the water-lizard, which makes the wind, had crawled out of his pool; if the lightning was sharp and frequent, it was because the young of the thunder-bird were restless in their nest; if a blight fell upon the corn, it was because the Corn Spirit was angry; and if the beavers were shy and difficult to catch, it was because they had taken offence at seeing the bones of one of their race thrown to a dog.”
“They are varanians, a species of water-lizard, very similar to the iguanas of the”
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