Definition of lacertid in English:

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lacertid

Pronunciation: /ləˈsərdəd/

noun

Zoology
A lizard of a large family (Lacertidae) to which most European lizards belong.
Example sentences
  • Lacertid scalation and body forms are similar to those of the teiids, although lacertids are usually smaller.
  • Despite this ecological variation, lacertids do not display an equivalent amount of anatomical variation.
  • Differences in data collection make direct comparisons between lacertids, gymnophthalmids, and teiids difficult.

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Lacertidae (plural), from Latin lacerta 'lizard'.

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Syllabification: la·cer·tid

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