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

  • n. Any of numerous reptiles of the suborder Sauria or Lacertilia, characteristically having a scaly elongated body, movable eyelids, four legs, and a tapering tail.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of one of these reptiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any reptile of the order Squamata, usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelids and a long slender body and tail.
  • n. Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles.
  • n. An unctuous person.
  • n. A coward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.
  • n. A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.
  • n. A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scaly four-legged reptile without a shell; a squamate quadruped saurian; a saurian or lacertilian.
  • n. Any member of the old order Sauria or modern order Lacertilia.
  • n. Nautical, a piece of rope with a thimble or bull's-eye spliced into one or both ends, used in a vessel as a leader for ropes.
  • n. [capitalized] A certain small constellation. See Lacerta, 2.
  • n. A crotch of timber or a forked limb used in place of a sled for hauling stone: a form of stone-boat.
  • n. In heraldry, a beast like a wildcat, usually represented as spotted: a rare bearing.
  • n. The thorn-tailed lizard, Uromastix acanthinurus.

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

  • n. relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
  • n. a man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Old French lesarde, from Latin lacertus, lacerta.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman lusard, from Old French lesard (French: lézard), from Latin lacertus.

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