Chameleon meaning

kə-mēlyən, -mēlē-ən
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A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.
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A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae, and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.
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The definition of a chameleon is a lizard that can change colors to match its surroundings, or a person who changes their personality depending on who they are with.

A lizard that changes its colors regularly is an example of a chameleon.

A person who is a party-girl with some friends and who claims to look down on the party-lifestyle with other friends is an example of a chameleon.

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Any of various Old World lizards (family Chamaeleontidae) with an angular head, prehensile tail, eyes that move independently of each other, the ability to change skin color rapidly, and a long, agile tongue for catching prey.
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A changeable or fickle person.
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(physics) A hypothetical scalar particle with a non-linear self-interaction, giving it an effective mass that depends on its environment: the presence of other fields.
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Any of various tropical lizards of the family Chamaeleonidae, chiefly of Africa and Madagascar, having a prehensile tail, eyes that can move independently, and the ability to change color.
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An anole lizard, especially Anolis carolinensis of the southeast United States.
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Any of various superficially similar lizards that can change the color of their skin, as the American chameleon.
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Describing something that changes color.

The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.

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A changeable or inconstant person.
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Origin of chameleon

  • Middle English camelioun from Latin chamaeleōn from Greek khamaileōn khamai on the ground dhghem- in Indo-European roots leōn lion (translation of Akkadian nēš qaqqari ground lion, lizard) (Akkadian nēšu lion) (Akkadian qaqqari) (genitive of qaqqaru the earth, ground) lion

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

  • From Middle English camelion, from Old French cameleon, from Latin chamaeleon, from Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamaileōn), from χαμαί (khamai, “on the earth, on the ground”) + λέων (leon, “lion”). Spelling relatinized early 18c.

    From Wiktionary