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also cay·man (kā′mən)
n. pl. cai·mans also cay·mans
Any of various tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and related genera of the family Alligatoridae, differing from the alligators in having bony plates on the belly.

[Spanish caimán, from Carib acayuman.]


n, pl -mans
(Animals) a variant spelling of cayman


or cay•man

(ˈkeɪ mən)

n., pl. -mans.
any of several tropical American crocodilians of the genus Caiman and allied genera.
[1570–80; < Sp caimán < Carib]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caiman - a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored bellycaiman - a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored belly
crocodilian, crocodilian reptile - extant archosaurian reptile
genus Caiman - caimans
Caiman sclerops, spectacled caiman - caiman with bony ridges about the eyes; found from southern Mexico to Argentina


[ˈkeɪmən] Ncaimán m


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