(redirected from geckos)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


n. pl. geck·os or geck·oes
Any of various chiefly nocturnal tropical and subtropical lizards of the family Gekkonidae, characteristically having toe pads covered with numerous tiny bristles that adhere to vertical surfaces.

[Javanese ge'kok.]


n, pl -os or -oes
(Animals) any small insectivorous terrestrial lizard of the family Gekkonidae, of warm regions. Their digits have adhesive pads, which enable these animals to climb on smooth surfaces
[C18: from Malay ge'kok, of imitative origin]


(ˈgɛk oʊ)

n., pl. geck•os, geck•oes.
any small, mostly nocturnal tropical lizard of the family Gekkonidae, usu. having toe pads that can cling to smooth surfaces.
[1705–15; < New Latin gekko < Dutch]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gecko - any of various small chiefly tropical and usually nocturnal insectivorous terrestrial lizards typically with immovable eyelidsgecko - any of various small chiefly tropical and usually nocturnal insectivorous terrestrial lizards typically with immovable eyelids; completely harmless
lizard - relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
flying gecko, fringed gecko, Ptychozoon homalocephalum - a gecko that has membranous expansions along the sides of its body and limbs and tail that enable it to glide short distances
banded gecko - any of several geckos with dark bands across the body and differing from typical geckos in having movable eyelids; of United States southwest and Florida Gulf Coast


[ˈgekəʊ] N (geckos or geckoes (pl)) → geco m


n pl <-os or -oes> (Zool) → Gecko m
References in periodicals archive ?
Although we at Cannon Hall Farm are used to handling a wide variety of animals, geckos are beyond our expertise so we are looking for someone to give a home to our small but intrepid traveller.
Manila The department of environment should look into advertisements posted by buyers who offer millions of pesos for geckos for their alleged medicinal properties, including cures for cancer and Aids, a local paper said.
The school's menagerie includes veiled chameleons, panther chameleons, high casgue chameleons, tiger crested geckos chinchillas, hamsters, hosefield tortoises, leopard geckos, day geckos, chickens, berber skink, locusts, crickets and giant chongololos (millipedes)
Geckos, which are lizards found in warm climates, are known for their ability to scale the walls and ceilings of almost all surfaces.
They are also charged with keeping rabbits in a way they could be interfered with, failing to provide adequate food, water and care to 25 bearded dragons, two juvenile blizzard leopard geckos, three leopard geckos, two ridge-tailed monitors and two corn snakes and keeping 21 hatchling snakes, a jungle royal python and a bearded dragon in unsuitable accommodation.
How geckos manage to keep their feet clean while walking about with sticky feet has remained a puzzle until now," says Kellar Autumn, associate professor of biology at Lewis & Clark College.
Like skinks, geckos are able to shed their tails to escape predators by confusing them.
The creatures included four tiger snakes, three pythons, rare rock knobbed-tail geckos, sandstone leaf-tail geckos and thick-tailed geckos.
Dr Geoff Chambers and his colleagues at the Institute for Molecular Systematics, Victoria University, Wellington, have investigated the biogeography of three different groups in New Zealand: the geckos, the cicadas and the parakeets.
A man was arrested at Melbourne airport while he was attempting to board a flight to Vienna and was found to be in possession of 11 Leaf-tail geckos, 13 Knob-tail geckos and seven Beaked geckos, some of which were apparently found on his person according to Reuters.
Comparisons were made between 53 female and 67 male Mediterranean geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus) collected from the campus of Stephen F.