Definition of perentie in English:


Line breaks: per|en¦tie
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɛnti
, ˈprɛnti/
(also perenty)

noun (plural perenties)

  • A large brown and yellow monitor lizard which lives in arid regions of Australia.
    • Varanus giganteus, family Varanidae
    More 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 Diyara pirindi.

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