Origin of caimanModern Latin from Spanish from Carib acayuman
any of a genus (Caiman) of Central and South American crocodilian reptiles similar to alligators
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
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- In Central and South America alligators are represented by five species of the genus Caiman, which differs from Alligator by the absence of a bony septum between the nostrils, and the ventral armour is composed of overlapping bony scutes, each of which is formed of two parts united by a suture.
- The largest, attaining an enormous bulk and a length of 20 ft., is the C. niger, the jacare-assu or large caiman of the Amazons.
- Caiman, Central and South America.
- The largest of the Amazon species are the jacare-assu (Caiman niger), jacare (C. fissipes) and jacaretinga (C, sclerops).