from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anaquatic amphibian with four legs and a tail, as a mud-puppy, water-dog, or hellbender. See triton, newt, and cuts under hellbender, Menobranchus, axolotl, and newt.
  • n. A water-monitor or varan. See cut under Hydrosaurus.


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  • Here was done the fierce secret and russet rite in detestation of Bokrug, the water-lizard, and here declaimed the altar of chrysolite which enhance the Doom-scrawl of Taran-Ish.

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  • Here was done the lucrative secret and supportive rite in detestation of Bokrug, the water-lizard, and here roped the altar of chrysolite which obtaine the Doom-scrawl of Taran-Ish.

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  • In short, it is not a frog or a toad, but a salamander or water-lizard, which lays eggs similar to those of the frog, and whose young upon first hatching look very much like young tadpoles.

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  • The hideous large water-lizard (_Amblyrhynchus_), swimming with perfect ease, and capable of an hour's immersion in sea-water; and the land lizard of the same genus, so numerous that at James Island it was hardly possible to find a spot free from their burrows, the roofs of which constantly give way under the pedestrian, were equally strange denizens of this group of islands, where reptiles replace herbivorous mammals.

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  • "It was not a crocodile, Jack, but a large water-lizard," said Mr

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  • Other amphibious creatures I perceived at times -- a large water-lizard that almost rivalled the crocodiles in bulk -- and I once had

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  • It seizes the anolis, a kind of water-lizard, in the same way.

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  • If the wind blew with violence, it was because the water-lizard, which makes the wind, had crawled out of his pool; if the lightning was sharp and frequent, it was because the young of the thunder-bird were restless in their nest; if a blight fell upon the corn, it was because the Corn Spirit was angry; and if the beavers were shy and difficult to catch, it was because they had taken offence at seeing the bones of one of their race thrown to a dog.

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  • "They are varanians, a species of water-lizard, very similar to the iguanas of the

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