Definition of skink in English:

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Pronunciation: /skiNGk/


A smooth-bodied lizard with short or absent limbs, typically burrowing in sandy ground, and occurring throughout tropical and temperate regions.
  • Family Scincidae: numerous genera and species.
Example sentences
  • There are many other snakes of all different sizes, as well as chameleons, geckos, lizards, skinks, iguanas, spiders and huge tortoises.
  • Rodents, salamanders, lizards, geckos, and skinks shed their tails.
  • They also eat small birds, snakes, lizards, and skinks.


Late 16th century: from French scinc or Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos.

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Syllabification: skink

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