Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latinlacerta, a "lizard"
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Lacerta Sentence Examples
The common lizard (Lacerta vivipara) frequents heaths and banks in England and Scotland, and is locally met with also in.
Much scarcer is the second species, the sand-lizard (Lacerta agilis), which is confined to some localities in the south of England, the New Forest and its vicinity; it does not appear to attain on English soil the same size as on the continent of Europe where it abounds, growing sometimes to a length of 9 in.
The third British species, the green lizard (Lacerta viridis), does not occur in England proper; it has, found a congenial home in the island of Guernsey, but is there much less developed as regards size and beauty than on the continent.
The same root kar leads through something like kar-kar-ta, glakarta (glazard in Breton), to lacerta and to "lizard."
Lacerta in turn has become, in Spanish, lagarto, which, with the article, el lagarto, is the origin of the term "alligator."