Definitions for iguanaɪˈgwɑ nə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. common iguana, iguana, Iguana iguana(noun)

    large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America


  1. iguana(Noun)

    Any of several members of the lizard family Iguanidae.

  2. iguana(Noun)

    Any member of the genus Iguana.

  3. iguana(Noun)

    A green iguana (Iguana iguana); a large tropical American lizard often kept as a pet.

  4. Origin: iguana, from iwana.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iguana(noun)

    any species of the genus Iguana, a genus of large American lizards of the family Iguanidae. They are arboreal in their habits, usually green in color, and feed chiefly upon fruits

  2. Origin: [Sp. iguana, from the native name in Haiti. Cf. Guana.]


  1. Iguana

    Iguana is a genus of herbivorous lizards native to tropical areas of Mexico, Central America, several islands in Polynesia such as Fiji and Tonga, and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the green iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean iguana, which is native to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction. The word "iguana" is derived from a Spanish form of the original Taino name for the species, iwana. In addition to the two species in the genus Iguana, several other related genera in the same family have common names of the species including the word "iguana".

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