Gila-monster meaning

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A large stocky venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwest United States and western Mexico, having black and orange, pink, or yellowish beadlike scales.
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A stout, sluggish, poisonous lizard (Heloderma suspectum, family Helodermatidae) having a short, stumpy tail and a body covered with beadlike scales arranged in alternating rings of black and orange, pink, or yellow: found in desert regions of the SW U.S. and in Mexico.
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A large stocky venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwest United States and western Mexico, having black and orange, pink, or yellowish beadlike scales.
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A venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, that lives in the deserts of the southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico.
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Origin of gila-monster

  • After the Gila River
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition