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(ə-gā′mə, ăg′ə-)
An agamid lizard, especially one of the genus Agama.

[New Latin Agama, genus name, from agama, specific epithet in Lacerta agama, name of a lizard species established by Carl Linnaeus (perhaps conflating the Neotropical lizard Plica plica and an African species of the current genus Agama), ultimately of Gbe origin (compare Ewe àgàmà and Fon àgãmã, chameleon), perhaps via Sranan agama, large lizard, or Saramaccan (English- and Portuguese-based creole of Suriname and French Guiana) agama, chameleon.]


(ˈæɡəmə; əˈɡæmə)
1. (Animals) any small terrestrial lizard of the genus Agama, which inhabit warm regions of the Old World: family Agamidae
2. (Animals) Also called: agamid any other lizard of the family Agamidae, which occur in the Old World and Australia and show a wide range of habits and diversity of structure
[C19: Carib]


(ˈæg ə mə)

n., pl. -mas.
any Old World lizard of the family Agamidae, esp. of the genus Agama: many have the ability to change color.
[1810–20; < New Latin < Carib]
ag′a•mid, n., adj.


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Noun1.agama - small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old Worldagama - small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World
agamid, agamid lizard - a lizard of the family Agamidae
genus Agama - type genus of the Agamidae
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Among the four Agamas translated into Chinese in the fourth and fifth centuries, the translation of the Ekottarika-agama, or the Zengyi ahan jing, is arguably the most mysterious and controversial.
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The fact that a version of this story is part of a discourse in the Ekottarika-agama reflects a recurrent feature of this collection in incorporating late material not found in other collections of early discourses in the Pali Nikayas or Chinese Agamas.
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There's the avid naturalist who, like myself, instantly falls into reveries of the vibrant blue Agamas, perched on the walls of houses, the almost psychedelic looking Veiled Chameleon as it stealthily glides from branch to branch or the jaw dropping majesty of the Griffon Vulture as it soars merely meters from your face on the cliffs of Mahweet.
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