from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Scincidæ: formerly used with great latitude, now restricted to a few species of northern Africa and Syria, as S. officinalis, the officinal skink, or adda, once in high medical repute.
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- n. type genus of Scincidae
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Typical Turanian desert reptiles found here include Central Asian tortoise (Testudo horsfieldi), Elaphe quatuorlineata, toad agama (Phrynocephalus ocellatus), runner Eremias arguta, gecko Alsophylax pipiens; in sand massifs, skink gecko (Teratoscincus scincus).
The Hebrew word may be identified with the kindred Arabic dhab, "a large kind of lizard," which appears to be the Psommosaurus scincus of Cuvier.
Monitors, which are a sort of diminutive crocodiles, were of two kinds: one, the _Lacerta Nilotica_, was a water animal, and was probably found only in Egypt; the other, _Lacerta scincus_, frequented dry and sandy spots, and abounded in North Africa and Syria, as well as in the Nile valley.
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The flesh of the Schinck (scincus), an amphibious animal of the lizard species, and sometimes of the land lizard, or crocodile, is said, when reduced to powder and drunk with sweet wine, to act miraculously in exciting the venereal action; it is also prepared for the same object in the form of the electuary known by the name of Diasatyrion.
With funding from the National Science Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the research team used high-speed x-ray imaging to visualize sandfish -- formally called Scincus scincus -- burrowing into and through sand.
Other reptiles include gekkos (Alsophylax pipiens, A. laevis), Rustamov's skink gekko (Teratoscincus scincus rustamovi), Chernov's snake-lizard (Ophimorus chernovi), Ferghana sand lizard (Eremias scripta pherganensis), black-eyed lizard (Eremias nigrocellata), gray monitor (Varanus griseus), Afghan lytorhynch (Lytorhynchus ridgewayi), four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata), and the cobra (Naja naja oxiana).
The _Lacerta scincus_ in powder, and a thousand other articles of the same kind, are in continual demand. "