Noun Iguana Definition and Examples







A large arboreal tropical American lizard with a spiny crest along the back and greenish coloration.
  1. 'Carlow's answer to Indiana Jones is now taking his band of jungle creatures including snakes, dragon lizards, iguanas, turtles, tarantulas and scorpions onto the live stage with Ireland's first Reptile show.'
  2. 'However, not all iguanas in bad body condition had high CORT levels and we are presently investigating whether CORT levels are indeed causally related to the animals' death.'
  3. 'For iguanas and many other reptiles, the solution is to take quick, shallow breaths when they walk and never to walk very fast.'
  4. 'The iguanas also devour sea turtle eggs and shorebird nestlings.'
  5. 'A small number of reptiles, including green iguanas and common lizards, have been shown to exhibit kin recognition.'
  6. 'In Costa Rica he watched parasitologists dissecting frogs, turtles, and iguanas and finding new species of parasites in each group.'
  7. 'It is carried by chickens, cows, and reptiles such as turtles, lizards, and iguanas.'
  8. 'Recent studies have shown that these iguanas have an unusual adaptive trait: their skeletons can shrink when times are tough and regrow in times of plenty.'
  9. 'We studied iguanas continuously from 19 December 2000-1 January 2001, during the 3-week-long mating season.'
  10. 'Populations of howler monkeys, iguanas, and leaf-cutting ants exploded.'
  11. 'Marine iguanas possess specialized hindgut fermenting microbes that help them to digest algae cell walls.'
  12. 'For example, male Galapagos land iguanas, Conolophus subcristatus, defend territories based partly on food resources, which they guard before the arrival of females.'
  13. 'Species studied have ranged from mosquitoes to butterflies, from fish to frogs, from tiny fence lizards to giant land iguanas in Galapagos, from hummingbirds to ostriches, from mice to elephants.'
((n.) Any species of the genus Iguana, a genus of large American lizards of the family Iguanidae. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in color, and feed chiefly upon fruits.)


1. a large, arboreal lizard, Iguana iguana, native to Central and South America, having stout legs and a crest of spines from neck to tail.

2. any of various related lizards of the genera Iguana, Ctenosaura, Conolophus,and Amblyrhynchus.


"iguanas can doze in suitcases."
"iguanas can become for crocodiles."

Mid 16th century: from Spanish, from Arawak iwana.

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