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 (găl′ə-wŏsp′, -wôsp′)
Any of several elongate, short-legged lizards of the subfamily Diploglossinae, native to wet regions of the West Indies, Central America, and northern South America.

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(Animals) any lizard of the Central American genus Diploglossus, esp D. monotropis of the Caribbean: family Anguidae
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