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Any of various lizards of the family Teiidae of the Americas, having a long forked tongue, a streamlined body, and large rectangular ventral scales, and including the whiptails and the racerunners.

[From New Latin Teiidae, family name, from Teius, type genus, from Portuguese tejú, tegu; see tegu.]

tei′id adj.
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(Animals) a member of the Teiidae family of lizards
(Zoology) belonging to the Teiidae family of lizards
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.teiid - tropical New World lizard with a long tail and large rectangular scales on the belly and a long tail
lizard - relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
family Teiidae, Teiidae - whiptails; etc.
whiptail, whiptail lizard - any of numerous very agile and alert New World lizards
teju - large (to 3 feet) blackish yellow-banded South American lizard; raid henhouses; used as food
caiman lizard - crocodile-like lizard of South America having powerful jaws for crushing snails and mussels
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