Definitions

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

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Andromeda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Lacertidae — It includes the rock lizards.
  • proper n. An inconspicuous autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a lizard. It lies between the constellations of Cygnus and Andromeda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fathom.
  • n. A genus of lizards. See lizard.
  • n. The Lizard, a northern constellation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, a genus of lizards, typical of the family Lacertidæ.
  • n. A small constellation which first appears in the “Prodromus Astronomiæ” of Hevelius, published in 1690. It is bounded by Cepheus, Cygnus, Pegasus, and Andromeda. Its brightest star is of the fourth magnitude.
  • n. A fathom.

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

  • n. type genus of the Lacertidae

Etymologies

Latin lacerta, lizard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin lacerta ("a lizard") (Wiktionary)
Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin lacerta, a "lizard" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It contains a stupendous object called BL Lacerta, which is known as a "blazar", a distant galaxy being torn apart by a super-sized black hole.

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  • This came about when I was cruising random cool stuff and discovered a Wikipedia entry about a constellation in the southern hemisphere called "Lacerta".

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  • Shield, mounted on left arm Fixed armaments: 2 x MA-M01 "Lacerta" beam saber stored on hips, hand-carried in use 2 x MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm CIWS, fire-linked, mounted on head 2 x M100

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  • MA-M01 "Lacerta" beam saber stored on hips, hand-carried in use 2 x MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm

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  • Three Ships Alliance First deployment: 5 May CE 71 Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso Dimensions: head height 18.03 meters Weight: max gross weight 71.5 metric tons Armor materials: unknown Powerplant: ultracompact nuclear fission reactor, power output rated at 8826 kW Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Phase Shift (PS) armor; Neutron Jammer Canceler Fixed armaments: 2 x MA-M01 "Lacerta" beam saber, stored on hips, hand-carried in use; 2 x MMI-GAU2 "Picus" 76mm CIWS, fire-linked, mounted on head; 2 x

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  • When we returned to our Burren I began repeating the "work" for our native lizards, the common lizard, Lacerta vivipara and the legless lizard, the slowworm Anguis fragilis (although the latter was probably introduced into the Burren as they are not native to Ireland).

    Country diary: The Burren, Ireland

  • Effects of maternal parasite load on offspring life-history traits in the common lizard Lacerta vivipara.

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  • Some noteworthy reptiles are Mauremys caspica, Lacerta schreiberi, Anguis fragilis, and Macroprotodon cucullatus.

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  • Mammals and reptiles are particularly poor: two species of mammal Nyctalus leisleri verrucosus and Pipistrellus maderensis, and one species of reptile Lacerta duguesii are reported.

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