Definition of goanna in English:


Line breaks: go¦anna
Pronunciation: /ɡəʊˈanə


Australian term for monitor (sense 4) of the noun).
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  • A long time ago, probably before the arrival of man, Queensland's Darling Downs was home to some big animals - two tonne wombats, giant kangaroos, goannas as long as buses and marsupial lions.
  • Often done in the ‘X-ray’ style, unique to Australia's Top End, they depict barramundi, turtles, goannas and wallabies.
  • They are also prey, when smaller, to other animals such as feral pigs, goannas, turtles, barramundi, sea eagles and even other crocodiles.


mid 19th century: alteration of iguana.

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