1. <zoology> Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.

most lizards have an elongated body, with four legs, and a long tail; but there are some without legs, and some with a short, thick tail. Most have scales, but some are naked; most have eyelids, but some do not. The tongue is varied in form and structure. In some it is forked, in others, as the chameleons, club-shaped, and very extensible. See Amphisbaena, Chameleon, Gecko, Gila monster, Horned toad, Iguana, and Dragon.

2. A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.

3. A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.

<zoology> Lizard fish, a kind of serpentine from near Lizard Point, Cornwall, England, used for ornamental purposes.

Origin: OE. Lesarde, OF. Lesarde, F. Lezard, L. Lacerta, lacertus. Cf. Alligator, Lacerta.

(01 Mar 1998)

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