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Any of various lizards of the family Teiidae of the Americas, having a long forked tongue, a streamlined body, and large rectangular ventral scales, and including the whiptails and the racerunners.

[From New Latin Teiidae, family name, from Teius, type genus, from Portuguese tejú, tegu; see tegu.]

tei′id adj.


(Animals) a member of the Teiidae family of lizards
(Zoology) belonging to the Teiidae family of lizards
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teiid - tropical New World lizard with a long tail and large rectangular scales on the belly and a long tail
lizard - relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
family Teiidae, Teiidae - whiptails; etc.
whiptail, whiptail lizard - any of numerous very agile and alert New World lizards
teju - large (to 3 feet) blackish yellow-banded South American lizard; raid henhouses; used as food
caiman lizard - crocodile-like lizard of South America having powerful jaws for crushing snails and mussels
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neomexicana, the most-abundant teiid species observed in Bosque Farms, which has granular postantebrachials, small mesoptychials, either complete or nearly complete circumorbital series, three parietal scales, and maximum SVL of <80 mm.
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Variation, distribution and ecology of the Mexican teiid lizard Cnemidophorus calidipes.
This report, the tenth in a series on helminths of the teiid genus Cnemidophorus, reports new host records for four helminths of C.
The JBoss Community project Teiid, which aims to provide best-of-breed solutions for applications to use data from multiple heterogeneous data stores through data abstraction and federation.
This is in general agreement with previous studies on diet composition in teiid lizards of similar size that are found in similar habitats (Pack 1923; Milstead 1957b; 1958; McCoy 1968; Scudday & Dixon 1973; Mitchell 1979; Pianka 1986; Anderson 1993; Paulissen et al.