American chameleon


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American chameleon

n
(Animals) another name for anole

a•no•le

(əˈnoʊ li)

n., pl. -les.
1. Also called American chameleon a small green iguanid lizard, Anolis carolinensis, of the U.S. Gulf States, that changes skin color.
2. any of numerous similar New World lizards of the genus Anolis.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.American chameleon - small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin colorAmerican chameleon - small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin color
iguanid, iguanid lizard - lizards of the New World and Madagascar and some Pacific islands; typically having a long tail and bright throat patch in males
Anolis, genus Anolis - New World chameleons
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But the American chameleon is hardly a close relative of Africa's true chameleon--that humpbacked, goggle-eyed, rough-skinned, ogrish fellow who would have had little difficulty snapping up any nearby katydid with its long, clublike tongue.
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