Definition of Gila monster in English:

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Gila monster

Pronunciation: /ˈhiːlə/


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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.

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