Definition of gecko in English:

gecko

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Pronunciation: /ˈgɛkəʊ
 
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noun (plural geckos or geckoes)

  • A nocturnal and often highly vocal lizard which has adhesive pads on the feet to assist in climbing on smooth surfaces. It is widespread in warm regions.
    • Gekkonidae and related families: numerous genera and species
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    • There are many other snakes of all different sizes, as well as chameleons, geckos, lizards, skinks, iguanas, spiders and huge tortoises.
    • While living here I have spotted many, including small shiny skinned skinks, geckos (jing-jocks and tokays), and large monitor lizards.
    • A wide variety of birds, lizards and marsupials are depicted, including kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, leaf-tail geckoes and many other animals from the region.

Origin

late 18th century: from Malay dialect geko, gekok, imitative of its cry.

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