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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.
[After the Gila River.]
(Animals) a large venomous brightly coloured lizard, Heloderma suspectum, inhabiting deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico and feeding mostly on eggs and small mammals: family Helodermatidae. Also called: Gila
[C19: after the Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona]
a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the SW United States and NW Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black.
[1875–80, Amer.; after Gila]
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|Noun||1.||Gila monster - large orange and black lizard of southwestern United States; not dangerous unless molested|
venomous lizard - any of two or three large heavy-bodied lizards; only known venomous lizards