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kəˈmi li ən, -ˈmil yənchameleon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chameleonnoun

    a changeable or inconstant person

  2. Chamaeleon, Chameleonnoun

    a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Apus and Mensa

  3. chameleon, chamaeleonnoun

    lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue


  1. Chameleonnoun

    a person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit the prevailing social climate; an opportunist.

    Etymology: [L. Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., ground lion; chamai` on the ground + le`wn lion. See Humble, and Lion.]


  1. chameleonnoun

    A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae, and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.

  2. chameleonnoun

    A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.

  3. chameleonadjective

    Describing something that changes color.

    The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chameleonnoun

    a lizardlike reptile of the genus Chamaeleo, of several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is covered with fine granulations; the tail is prehensile, and the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back

    Etymology: [L. Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., ground lion; chamai` on the ground + le`wn lion. See Humble, and Lion.]


  1. Chameleon

    Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, they are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions—in Africa, Madagascar, and southern Europe, and across south Asia as far as Sri Lanka. They have also been introduced to Hawaii, California, and Florida, and are often kept as household pets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chameleon

    ka-mēl′yun, n. a small lizard famous for changing its colour: (fig.) an inconstant person.—adjs. Chamel′eonic, Chamel′eon-like. [L. chamæleon—Gr. chamaileōnchamai (= L. humi), on the ground, dwarf, and leōn, a lion.]

Editors Contribution

  1. chameleon

    Chameleon (noun) a kind of lizard that changes the color when enemy approach.

    Chameleon a person who often alters his/her trust or behavior in order to please a bigwig .

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chameleon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chameleon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of chameleon in a Sentence

  1. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Stay away from people with chameleon tendencies, your heart is not safe from them.

  2. Rose Goodhall:

    A good model isn't just about being pretty or even beautiful, it's the ability to be a chameleon and change and adapt to the situation or setting of a photo shoot.

  3. Anais Nin, House of Incest:

    I looked with chameleon eyes upon the changing face of the world, looked with anonymous vision upon my uncompleted self.

  4. Awakening Beaconing:

    Chameleon on being crowned shamelessly said that he would jointly work with those animals, whom he used to say beast and rebuke earlier, for the peace and progress of the jungle.

  5. Joshua Greene:

    Milton realized what a wonderful chameleon Marilyn can be in front of the camera, they knowingly jumped off the cliff together, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    • A. arbalist
    • B. exponent
    • C. anestrus
    • D. taper

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