a stout, sluggish, poisonous lizard (Heloderma suspectum, family Helodermatidae) having a short, stumpy tail and a body covered with beadlike scales arranged in alternating rings of black and orange, pink, or yellow: found in desert regions of the SW U.S. and in Mexico
Origin of Gila monsterfrom Gila
A large stocky venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwest United States and western Mexico, having black and orange, pink, or yellowish beadlike scales.
Origin of Gila monsterAfter the Gila River
(plural Gila monsters)