Definition of caiman in English:

caiman

Syllabification: cai·man
Pronunciation: /ˈkāmən
 
/
(also cayman)

noun

A semiaquatic reptile similar to the alligator but with a heavily armored belly, native to tropical America.
  • Caiman and other genera, family Alligatoridae: three species, in particular the spectacled caiman (C. sclerops)
More example sentences
  • A crocodilian is any member of an order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gavials, and related extinct forms.
  • The zoo here is now playing host to a pair each of seamy crocodiles, alligators and caimans, giving the city dwellers a glimpse of some rare species.
  • The continental record in South America, where caimans spent much of their history, is sporadic.

Origin

late 16th century: from Spanish caimán, Portuguese caimão, from Carib acayuman.

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