Origin of iguanaSpanish from native SAm (Arawak) iuana
any of a large family (Iguanidae) of mostly American tree, ground, or marine lizards; esp., any of a genus (Iguana) of large, tropical American lizards that feed on insects or vegetation and have a row of spines from neck to tail
Any of various usually large herbivorous lizards of the subfamily Iguaninae, often having a dorsal crest and found chiefly in tropical America.
Origin of iguanaSpanish from Arawak iwana
- IGUANA, systematically Iguanidae (Spanish quivalent of Carib iwana), a family of pleurodont lizards, comprising about 50 genera and 300 species.
- The reptilians are represented in the Parana by the jacare (Alligator sclerops), and on land by the " iguana " (Teius teguexim, Podinema teguixin), and some species of lizard.
- For Basiliscus see Basilisk; Iguana is dealt with under its own heading; allied is Metopoceros cornutus of Hayti.
- One of the largest and most widely distributed is the common iguana (Iguana tuberculata), which occurs in the tropical parts of Central and South America and the West Indies, with the closely allied I.
- - Head of Iguana rhinolophus.