from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The only known genus of venomous lizards, typical of the family Helodermatidæ, having the skin studded with tubercles like nail-heads, whence the name.

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  • n. type genus of the Helodermatidae; American venomous lizards


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  • If any human being has actually been bitten by a heloderma, the event has either escaped notice or has been so hedged about with obstructive legend as to have forfeited scientific credence.

    The Poison Bugaboo


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  • "of large size and most repulsive aspect"...oh Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, you old roustabout, you.

    March 11, 2013