chameleon
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English camelion, from Middle French, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek chamaileōn, from chamai on the ground + leōn lion — more at humble Date: 14th century 1. any of a family (Chamaeleontidae) of chiefly arboreal Old World lizards with prehensile tail, independently movable eyeballs, and unusual ability to change the color of the skin 2. a. a person given to often expedient or facile change in ideas or character b. one that is subject to quick or frequent change especially in appearance 3. American chameleonchameleonic adjectivechameleonlike adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chameleon — Éditeur Jaleco Développeur Jaleco Date de sortie 1983 Plate forme Arcade Chameleon est un jeu vidéo de sorti en 1983 sur borne d arcade. Le j …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chameleon — bezeichnet: Chameleon (Helloween Album), ein Album der Band Helloween Chameleon (Labelle Album), ein Album des Trios Labelle Siehe auch: Chamäleon Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chameleon — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. chaméléon, from L. chamaeleon, from Gk. khamaileon the chameleon, from khamai on the ground (also dwarf ), akin to chthon earth (see CHTHONIC (Cf. chthonic)) + leon lion (see LION (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Chameleon — Cha*me le*on (k[.a]*m[=e] l[ e]*[u^]n), n. [L. Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile wn, lit., ground lion; chamai on the ground + le wn lion. See {Humble}, and {Lion}.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. A lizardlike reptile of the genus {Cham[ae]leo}, of several species, found… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chameleon — [kə mē′lē ən, kəmēl′yən] n. [ME camelioun < L chamaeleon < Gr chamaileōn < chamai, on the ground (akin to chthōn, earth: see HOMAGE) + leōn, LION] 1. any of various Old World lizards (family Chamaeleontidae) with an angular head,… …   English World dictionary

  • CHAMELEON — CHAMELEON, reptile of the family Chamaeleonidae, of which only one species, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, is found in Israel. It changes the color of its skin, according to that of its surroundings, to yellow, green, and black. In Aramaic the chameleon… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • chameleon — (also chamaeleon) ► NOUN ▪ a small slow moving lizard with a long extensible tongue, protruding eyes, and the ability to change colour. DERIVATIVES chameleonic adjective. ORIGIN Greek khamaile n, from khamai on the ground + le n lion …   English terms dictionary

  • Chameleon — For other uses, see Chameleon (disambiguation). Chameleon Common Chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • chameleon — chameleonic /keuh mee lee on ik/, adj. chameleonlike, adj. /keuh mee lee euhn, meel yeuhn/, n. 1. any of numerous Old World lizards of the family Chamaeleontidae, characterized by the ability to change the color of their skin, very slow… …   Universalium

  • Chameleon — El término Chameleon puede referirse a: Chameleon Twist, un videojuego de plataformas para Nintendo 64. Chameleon Twist 2, la secuela del juego Chameleon Twist. Chameleon, un personaje del videojuego de lucha Mortal Kombat. Chameleon (álbum), un… …   Wikipedia Español

  • chameleon — UK [kəˈmiːlɪən] / US [kəˈmɪlɪən] noun [countable] Word forms chameleon : singular chameleon plural chameleons 1) a type of small lizard with skin that changes colour to match the colours around it 2) someone who changes their opinions, ideas, or… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”