tuatera
Tuatara Tu`a*ta"ra, n. [Maori tuat[`a]ra; tua on the farther side (the back) + tara spine.] (Zo["o]l.) A large iguanalike reptile ({Sphenodon punctatum}) formerly common in New Zealand, but by 1900 confined to certain islets near the coast. It reaches a length of two and a half feet, is dark olive-green with small white or yellowish specks on the sides, and has yellow spines along the back, except on the neck. It is the only surviving member of the order {Rhyncocephala}. Also called {tuatera} and {hatteria}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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  • Tuatera — Tu a*te ra, n. Same as {tuatara}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tuatera — Tuatera, s. Brückenechsen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tuatera — Tuatēra, s. Brückenechse …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tuatera —   [polynesisch], Tuatara, einzige rezente Art der Brückenechsen.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Tuatera — Hatteria Hat*te ri*a (h[a^]t*t[=e] r[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL.] (Zo[ o]l.) A New Zealand lizard, which, in anatomical character, differs widely from all other existing lizards. It is the only living representative of the order {Rhynchocephala}, of which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tuatera — (tu a té ra) s. m. Lézard tuatera, lézard de la Nouvelle Zélande, hatteria punctata …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tuatera — tu·a·te·ra …   English syllables

  • tuatera — noun see tuatara …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hatteria — Hat*te ri*a (h[a^]t*t[=e] r[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL.] (Zo[ o]l.) A New Zealand lizard, which, in anatomical character, differs widely from all other existing lizards. It is the only living representative of the order {Rhynchocephala}, of which many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hatteria — Tuatara Tu a*ta ra, n. [Maori tuat[ a]ra; tua on the farther side (the back) + tara spine.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large iguanalike reptile ({Sphenodon punctatum}) formerly common in New Zealand, but by 1900 confined to certain islets near the coast. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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