Gila monster


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Gi·la monster

 (hē′lə)
n.
A large stocky venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwest United States and western Mexico, having black and orange, pink, or yellowish beadlike scales.

[After the Gila River.]

Gila monster

(ˈhiːlə)
n
(Animals) a large venomous brightly coloured lizard, Heloderma suspectum, inhabiting deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico and feeding mostly on eggs and small mammals: family Helodermatidae. Also called: Gila
[C19: after the Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona]

Gi′la mon`ster


n.
a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the SW United States and NW Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black.
[1875–80, Amer.; after Gila]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gila monster - large orange and black lizard of southwestern United StatesGila monster - large orange and black lizard of southwestern United States; not dangerous unless molested
venomous lizard - any of two or three large heavy-bodied lizards; only known venomous lizards
genus Heloderma, Heloderma - type genus of the Helodermatidae; American venomous lizards
Translations

Gila monster

n monstruo de Gila
References in classic literature ?
Yes, there it squatted, an ugly, misshapen, figure, a cross between a toad and a gila monster, half man, half beast, with big red eyes--rubies probably--that gleamed in the repulsive golden face.
Many legislators were hostile to the idea, calling the Harris design grotesque and proposing such changes as the addition of the Arizona coat of arms, a Gila monster or a gold eagle on a bright blue field.
Astro sees desert creatures while on a hike with Ben and Eva, including a Gila monster, a rattlesnake, dung beetles, a cactus wren, a toad and a tortoise.
Just two hours south of Phoenix on I-10, Tucson is rich in Southwestern history and culture, surrounded by beautiful mountains and golf courses, and home to the iconic Saguaro cactus and illusive Gila Monster. The city is base to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, U.S.
The once-daily pill belongs to a blockbuster class of treatments known as GLP-1s that stimulate insulin production, the first of which were derived from the venomous bite of North America's Gila monster lizard.
Since Annie is an expert on the Gila Monster, Max (Adam Scott) asks Lafrey if he and Leroy (Craig Robinson) can take Annie with them to investigate.
Exenatide comes from a class of compounds originally isolated from the venom of a lizard called the Gila monster. These compounds not only help control blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes, but also seem to protect neurons from toxins.
Speaking of bombs, Edwards and his team seem desperate to distance their "Godzilla" from 1998's Roland Emmerich-directed disappointment, which treated attack by giant Gila monster as yet another disaster-movie premise.
KEEPING GILA AT BAY: Nate Deason, venomous serpent curator at the Phoenix Herpetological Society, holds a Gila monster. The creatures, protected in Arizona, can fetch up to $1,500 a piece on the black market, experts say.
Meanwhile, John Eng, a medical researcher and practicing physician, also received the award for studying the poisonous venom produced by the Gila monster, a sluggish lizard found in the Southwest.