Origin of iguanaSpanish from native SAm (Arawak) iuana
any of a large family (Iguanidae) of mostly American tree, ground, or marine lizards; esp., any of a genus (Iguana) of large, tropical American lizards that feed on insects or vegetation and have a row of spines from neck to tail
Any of various usually large herbivorous lizards of the subfamily Iguaninae, often having a dorsal crest and found chiefly in tropical America.
Origin of iguanaSpanish from Arawak iwana
- IGUANA, systematically Iguanidae (Spanish quivalent of Carib iwana), a family of pleurodont lizards, comprising about 50 genera and 300 species.
- Of lizards the iguana (Cyclura caudata) is noteworthy.
- When unworn the teeth are spatulate and crimped or serrated round the edge, closely resembling those of the existing Central American lizard, Iguana - hence the name Iguanodon (Gr.
- These fossils, which are now in the British Museum, were interpreted by Dr Mantell, who made comparisons with the skeleton of Iguana, on the erroneous supposition that the resemblance in the teeth denoted some relationship to this existing lizard.
- For Basiliscus see Basilisk; Iguana is dealt with under its own heading; allied is Metopoceros cornutus of Hayti.