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ˈkeɪ məncaiman

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caiman, caymannoun

    a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored belly

Wiktionary

  1. caimannoun

    A relative of the alligator, of the genus Caiman. It resembles an alligator and a crocodile but smaller.

  2. caimannoun

    A semi-aquatic lizard, of the genus Dracaena, found in South America. To differentiate from caimans, they are referred to as caiman lizards.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAIMANnoun

    The American name of a crocodile.

Wikipedia

  1. Caiman

    A caiman (; also cayman as a variant spelling) is an alligatorid belonging to the subfamily Caimaninae, one of two primary lineages within the Alligatoridae family, the other being alligators. Caimans inhabit Mexico, Central and South America from marshes and swamps to mangrove rivers and lakes. They have scaly skin and live a fairly nocturnal existence. They are relatively small-sized crocodilians with an average maximum weight of 6 to 40 kg (13 to 88 lb) depending on species, with the exception of the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), which can grow more than 4 m (13 ft) in length and weigh in excess of 1,000 kg (2,200 Ib). The black caiman is the largest caiman species in the world and is found in the slow-moving rivers and lakes that surround the Amazon basin. The smallest species is the Cuvier's dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus), which grows to 1.2 to 1.5 m (3.9 to 4.9 ft) long. There are six different species of caiman found throughout the watery jungle habitats of Central and Southern America. The average length for most of the other caiman species is about 2 to 2.5 m (6.6 to 8.2 ft) long. Caimans are distinguished from alligators, their closest relatives, by a few defining features: a lack of a bony septum between the nostrils, ventral armor composed of overlapping bony scutes formed from two parts united by a suture, and longer and sharper teeth than alligators, plus caimans tend to be more agile and crocodile-like in their movements. The calcium rivets on caiman scales make their hides stiffer and thus less valuable than those of alligators and crocodiles, both of which have a similar appearance, but are more pliable.Several extinct forms are known, including Purussaurus, a giant Miocene genus that grew to 12 m (39 ft) and the equally large Mourasuchus, which had a wide duck-like snout.

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  1. caiman

    A caiman is a reptile belonging to the alligator family found primarily in Central and South America. It typically inhabits freshwater environments such as rivers, lakes, and swamps. They have a broader, rounder snout compared to alligators and crocodiles, and they tend to be smaller in size. There are several species of caimans, including the spectacled caiman, the yacare caiman and the black caiman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caimannoun

    see Cayman

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caiman

    Same as Cayman.

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Anagrams for caiman »

  1. mancia

  2. maniac

  3. amniac

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caiman in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caiman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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