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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Varanus, genus Varanus(noun)

    type and sole extant genus of the Varanidae

Webster Dictionary

  1. Varanus(noun)

    a genus of very large lizards native of Asia and Africa. It includes the monitors. See Monitor, 3

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Ar. uaran, uaral; cf. F. varan, from the Arabic.]


  1. Monitor lizard

    Monitor lizard is the common name of several large lizard species, comprising the genus Varanus. They are native to Africa, Asia and Oceania, but are now found also in the Americas as an invasive species. Monitor lizards have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. The adult length of extant species ranges from 20 cm in some species, to over 3 m in the case of the Komodo dragon, though the extinct varanid known as megalania may have been capable of reaching lengths of as much as 7 m. Most monitor species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semiaquatic monitors are also known. While most monitor lizards are carnivorous, eating eggs, smaller reptiles, fish, birds and small mammals, some also eat fruit and vegetation, depending on where they live. A total of 78 species are currently recognized; however, given that several species-groups are in need of taxonomic review, this number is certain to be increased with future research.

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