any of a genus (Caiman) of Central and South American crocodilian reptiles similar to alligators
Origin of caimanModern Latin ; from Spanish ; from Carib acayuman
nounpl. cai·mans also cay·mans
Any of various tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and related genera of the family Alligatoridae, differing from the alligators in having bony plates on the belly.
Origin of caimanSpanish caimán, from Carib acayuman.