Definition of Gila monster in English:

Share this entry

Gila monster

Pronunciation: /ˈhiːlə/


Image of Gila monster
A venomous beaded lizard native to the south-western US and Mexico.
  • Heloderma suspectum, family Helodermatidae.
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.


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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Gila mon|ster

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.