Liz"ard (?), n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. l'ezard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. Alligator, Lacerta.]

1. Zool.

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, 6.

2. Naut.

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

R. H. Dana, Ir.


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

Lizard fish Zool., a marine scopeloid fish of the genus Synodus, or Saurus, esp. S. fetens of the Southern United States and West Indies; -- called also sand pike. -- Lizard snake Zool., the garter snake (Eutaenia sirtalis). -- Lizard stone Min., a kind of serpentine from near Lizard Point, Cornwall, England, -- used for ornamental purposes.


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