Definition of perentie in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈrɛnti/
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛnti/
(also perenty)

noun (plural perenties)

A large brown and yellow monitor lizard which lives in arid regions of Australia.
  • Varanus giganteus, family Varanidae.
Example sentences
  • One of us once came upon the track of a large monitor known as a perentie (V. giganteus) that had intercepted his own.
  • The perentie is the name that was given to what is Australia's largest lizard.
  • Goannas range in size from the 18 cm short tailed midget to the inland giant, the perentie that can reach up to 2.4 m long.


Early 20th century: probably from Diyari pirindi.

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