Liz"ard(?), n. [OE. lesarde, OF. lesarde, F. lzard, L. lacerta, lacertus. Cf. Alligator, Lacerta.]
(Zol.) Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.
Most lizards have an elongated body, with four legs, and a long tail; but there are some without legs, and some with a short, thick tail. Most have scales, but some are naked; most have eyelids, but some do not. The tongue is varied in form and structure. In some it is forked, in others, as the chameleons, club-shaped, and very extensible. See Amphisbna, Chameleon, Gecko, Gila monster, Horned toad, Iguana, and Dragon, 6.
(Naut.) A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.
R. H. Dana, Ir.
3. A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.
(Zol.), the garter snake (Eutnia sirtalis). --
(Min.), a kind of serpentine from near Lizard Point, Cornwall, England, -- used for ornamental purposes.
lizard fishn. (Zol.) Any of several mostly tropical marine scopeloid fish of the family Synodontidae having large mouths in lizardlike heads, especially the inshore lizardfish (Synodus foetens syn. Synodus poeyi) of Mideastern and Southern United States and West Indies; -- sometimes called sand pike. A freshwater perch, the sauger, a different fish, is also called the sand pike.
Syn. -- snakefish.
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