Definition of Gila monster in English:

Gila monster

Line breaks: Gila mon|ster
Pronunciation: /ˈhiːlə
 
/

noun

  • A venomous beaded lizard native to the south-western US and Mexico.
    • Heloderma suspectum, family Helodermatidae
    More example sentences
    • Moreover, like many snakes - but unlike any other lizards - Gila monsters and beaded lizards are venomous.
    • At rest, Gila monsters and beaded lizards have among the lowest metabolic rates ever measured in lizards - far lower than the rates in monitor lizards.
    • The only poisonous lizards are the Gila monster and the beaded lizard, both of which live in the desserts of Mexico and Arizona.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Gila, a river in New Mexico and Arizona.

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