Caiman meaning

kāmən
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.
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Any of a genus (Caiman) of Central and South American crocodilian reptiles similar to alligators.
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Any of the relatively small crocodilians of genus Caiman, within family Alligatoridae.
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A semi-aquatic lizard, of the genus Dracaena, found in South America. To differentiate from caimans, they are referred to as caiman lizards.
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A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Caimaninae — the caimans.
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Origin of caiman

  • Spanish caimán from Carib acayuman

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish caiman or Portuguese caimão, probably from Galibi Carib or perhaps from a Congo language.

    From Wiktionary