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Any of various small, chiefly tropical lizards of the genus Anolis and related genera, native to the Americas and characterized by a distensible dewlap and the ability to change color.

[French anolis, of Cariban origin.]


(Animals) any small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards of the genus Anolis, such as A. carolinensis (green anole): family Iguanidae (iguanas). They are able to change the colour of their skin. Also called: American chameleon
[C18 annolis, from French anolis, from Carib anoli]


(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.
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Noun1.anole - small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin coloranole - 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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The green anole was captured in both pitfall and funnel traps.
They studied the genes that turned on when the tail was regenerated in the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis).
Two of the lizards, the green anole Anolis carolinensis and eastern fence lizard tended to be arboreal species and the other, the little brown skink Scincella lateralis, was terrestrial.
The first genome (all the DNA that makes up the genetic material) sequence for a reptile was published three months ago, and it was the sequence of the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) genome.
The researchers used high-speed videography to dissect the motion of two common lizards - the flat-tailed house gecko and green anole - as they fall, starting upside down.
The best of this summer's blockbuster comparisons of humans, mice, dogs, opossums, and green anole lizards with platypuses.
And for reptiles," says Warren, "there's the turtle genome we're sequencing now, and the green anole lizard was recently sequenced.
Reservoir competence of the southeastern five-lined skink (Eumeces inexpectatus) and the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) for Borrelia burgdorferi.
Recent accounts of other small insect-eating birds taking small vertebrate prey include: (1) a migrant Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) at Horn Island off the coast of Mississippi on 3 April 1993 eating a green anole (Aborn and Froehlich 1995), and (2) a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) eating a juvenile house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) in Golfito, Costa Rica on 22 May 2002 (Barquero and Hilje 2005).
At Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, he studied adult green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis), 6 to 8 inches long, exposed to a pyrethroid product used to treat birds for mites and lice.
Green Anole, by Gabby Salazar, winner of the 15-17 years old category
When a sound wave hits a green anole lizard, for instance, the energy causes the lizard's chest wall to vibrate in tune with the wave.