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a·no·le

 (ə-nō′lē)
n.
Any of various small, chiefly tropical lizards of the genus Anolis and related genera, native to the Americas and characterized by a distensible dewlap and the ability to change color.

[French anolis, of Cariban origin.]

anole

(əˈnəʊl)
n
(Animals) any small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards of the genus Anolis, such as A. carolinensis (green anole): family Iguanidae (iguanas). They are able to change the colour of their skin. Also called: American chameleon
[C18 annolis, from French anolis, from Carib anoli]

a•no•le

(əˈnoʊ li)

n., pl. -les.
1. Also called American chameleon a small green iguanid lizard, Anolis carolinensis, of the U.S. Gulf States, that changes skin color.
2. any of numerous similar New World lizards of the genus Anolis.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anole - small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin coloranole - small arboreal tropical American insectivorous lizards with the ability to change skin color
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
Anolis, genus Anolis - New World chameleons
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Researchers, including Paul Hohenlohe of the University of Idaho, Moscow, have discovered that the green anoles sharing their islands with invaders evolve to be better suited to life higher in the islands' trees--and fast.
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Green anoles feed on live insects and a variety of larger creatures feed on them, which may account for their preference for yards and patios, places they're less likely to share with other predators.
Unlike chameleons, the color cells of the green anoles only respond to hormones, body chemicals that control body functions (see diagram, above).