Definition of tegu in English:

tegu

Syllabification: te·gu
Pronunciation: /tiˈgo͞o
 
/

noun (plural same or tegus)

  • A large stocky lizard that has dark skin with pale bands of small spots, native to the tropical forests of South America.
    • Genus Tupinambis, family Teiidae: several species, in particular the common tegu (T. teguixin)
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    • Some nests had clearly been raided by tegus - large black-and-white lizards common in the reserve - and jaguar footprints and scratch marks on trees near nests implicated the big cats as well.
    • Adult Argentinian black and white tegus can have a variety of fruits and vegetables added to their diet.
    • Argentine Black and White tegus begin breeding here in Florida around mid March until mid April.

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of teguexin, from Aztec tecoixin 'lizard'.

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