KJV Dictionary Definition: lizard


LIZ'ARD, n. L. lacertus, lacerta, there has been a change of c into z or s, which may be the fact.

In zoology, a genus of amphibious animals, called Lacerta, and comprehending the crocodile, alligator, chameleon, salamander, &c. But the name, in common life, is applied to the smaller species of this genus, and of these there is a great variety. These animals are ranked in the order of reptiles. The body is naked, with four feet and a tail. The body is thicker and more tapering than that of the serpent.