HyperDic: monitor_lizard

English > 1 sense of the expression monitor lizard:
NOUNanimalmonitor lizard, monitor, varanany of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia
English > monitor lizard: 1 sense > noun 1, animal
MeaningAny of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles.
Synonymsmonitor, varan
Member ofVaranus, genus Varanustype and sole extant genus of the Varanidae
NarrowerAfrican monitor, Varanus niloticusDestroys crocodile eggs
Komodo dragon, Komodo lizard, dragon lizard, giant lizard, Varanus komodoensisThe largest lizard in the world (10 feet)
Broaderlizardrelatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
Spanishvaran, varano

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