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a·no·le

 (ə-nō′lē)
n.
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.]

anole

(əˈnəʊl)
n
(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]

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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