Definitions

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

  • n. A monitor (Varanus giganteus) of Australia that burrows in desert areas and often grows to a length of 2.5 meters (8 feet) or more. It is the largest Australian lizard.

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  • n. The largest Australian monitor lizard or goanna, Varanus giganteus.

Etymologies

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

Probably from Diyari (Aboriginal language of south-central Australia) pirrinthi.

Examples

  • First stop: the Simpson Desert, with perentie lizards and fierce snakes.

    Steve and Me

  • The other notable predators found here are the perentie (Varanus giganteus) and Gould’s goanna (Varanus gouldii) which can both exceed 1.6 meters (m) in length.

    Great Victoria desert

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  • Varanus giganteus, a large monitor lizard found in Australia.

    November 26, 2007