noun (plural same or tegus)
A large stocky lizard that has dark skin with pale cross-bands of small spots, native to the tropical forests of South America.
- Genus Tupinambis, family Teiidae: several species, in particular the common tegu (T. teguixin).
- Some nests had clearly been raided by tegus - large black-and-white lizards common in the reserve - and jaguar footprints and scratch marks on trees near nests implicated the big cats as well.
- Adult Argentinian black and white tegus can have a variety of fruits and vegetables added to their diet.
- Argentine Black and White tegus begin breeding here in Florida around mid March until mid April.
1950s: abbreviation of teguexin, from Aztec tecoixin 'lizard'.
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