(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.
Other Word Forms of Chameleon
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.
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