Gila monster
Gila monster Gi"la mon"ster (Zo["o]l.) A large tuberculated lizard ({Heloderma suspectum}) native of the dry plains of Arizona, New Mexico, etc. It is the only lizard known to have venomous teeth. [1913 Webster]

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  • gila monster — Heloderma suspectum, 1877, Amer.Eng., from Gila River, which runs through its habitat in Arizona …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gila monster — ☆ Gila monster n. [< GILA] a stout, sluggish, poisonous lizard (Heloderma suspectum, family Helodermatidae) having a short, stumpy tail and a body covered with beadlike scales arranged in alternating rings of black and orange, pink, or yellow …   English World dictionary

  • Gila monster — a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black. [1875 80, Amer.; after GILA] * * * One of the only two species (both in the family… …   Universalium

  • Gila monster — ] EcologyIt is estimated that the Gila monster spends 95% of its time underground in mammal burrows or rocky shelters. It is active in the morning during the dry season (spring and early summer); later in the summer it may be active on warm… …   Wikipedia

  • Gila-Monster — Gila Krustenechse Heloderma suspectum Systematik Ordnung: Schuppenkriechtiere (Squamata) Unterordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gila monster — A large poisonous lizard, Heloderma suspectum of New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico. [Gila, a river in Arizona] * * * Gi·la monster hē lə n a large orange and black venomous lizard of the genus Heloderma (H. suspectum) of the southwestern U …   Medical dictionary

  • Gila monster — noun Etymology: Gila River, Ariz. Date: 1877 a large orange and black venomous lizard (Heloderma suspectum) of the southwestern United States; also a related lizard (H. horridum) of Mexico …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gila monster — [ hi:lə] noun a large, slow moving venomous lizard native to the south western US and Mexico. [Heloderma suspectum.] Origin C19: named after Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona …   English new terms dictionary

  • Gila monster — Gi′la mon ster n. ram a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the SW United States and NW Mexico, covered with beadlike scales of yellow, orange, and black • Etymology: 1875–80, amer.; after Gila …   From formal English to slang

  • Gila monster — /ˈhilə mɒnstə/ (say heeluh monstuh) noun a large, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, of the south western United States, having the skin studded with yellow or orange and black head like tubercles. {named after the Gila river, in Arizona, US} …   Australian English dictionary

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