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(ə-gā′mə, ăg′ə-)
An agamid lizard, especially one of the genus Agama.

[New Latin Agama, genus name, from agama, specific epithet in Lacerta agama, name of a lizard species established by Carl Linnaeus (perhaps conflating the Neotropical lizard Plica plica and an African species of the current genus Agama), ultimately of Gbe origin (compare Ewe àgàmà and Fon àgãmã, chameleon), perhaps via Sranan agama, large lizard, or Saramaccan (English- and Portuguese-based creole of Suriname and French Guiana) agama, chameleon.]


(ˈæɡəmə; əˈɡæmə)
1. (Animals) any small terrestrial lizard of the genus Agama, which inhabit warm regions of the Old World: family Agamidae
2. (Animals) Also called: agamid any other lizard of the family Agamidae, which occur in the Old World and Australia and show a wide range of habits and diversity of structure
[C19: Carib]


(ˈæg ə mə)

n., pl. -mas.
any Old World lizard of the family Agamidae, esp. of the genus Agama: many have the ability to change color.
[1810–20; < New Latin < Carib]
ag′a•mid, n., adj.


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Noun1.agama - small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old Worldagama - small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World
agamid, agamid lizard - a lizard of the family Agamidae
genus Agama - type genus of the Agamidae
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Bipedalism has evolved on numerous occasions in phylogenetically diverse families such as iguanids, agamids and teiids (Irschick and Jayne, 1999; Irschick and Garland, 2001; Russell and Bels, 2001), particularly among the species that live in sandy, rocky or open environments (Snyder, 1952).
And in a fascinating Wildlife On One documentary, Dragons, to be shown on Wednesday, he reveals an array of real-life winged and spiked Agamids - a family of reptiles better known as "Dragon Lizards".