horned lizard

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horned lizard

n.
Any of several lizards of the genus Phrynosoma of western North America and Central America, having short horns on the head, a wide flattened spiny body, and a short tail. Also called horned toad, horny toad.

horned′ liz′ard


n.
a flat-bodied iguanid lizard of the genus Phrynosoma, of W North America, having hornlike spines on the head. Also called horned′ toad′.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.horned lizard - insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the bodyhorned lizard - insectivorous lizard with hornlike spines on the head and spiny scales on the body; of western North America
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
genus Phrynosoma, Phrynosoma - horned lizards
Phrynosoma cornutum, Texas horned lizard - of arid and semiarid open country
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For instance, there was the time when I was sitting on a rocky outcropping, glassing the rugged landscape for pronghorns, when glancing to my left, a horned-toad appeared out of the cleft of the boulder that served as my backrest.