chameleon


chameleon
chameleon [kə mē′lē ən, kəmēl′yən]
n.
[ME camelioun < L chamaeleon < Gr chamaileōn < chamai, on the ground (akin to chthōn, earth: see HOMAGE) + leōn, LION]
1. any of various Old World lizards (family Chamaeleontidae) with an angular head, prehensile tail, eyes that move independently of each other, the ability to change skin color rapidly, and a long, agile tongue for catching prey
2. any of various superficially similar lizards that can change the color of their skin, as the American chameleon
3. a changeable or fickle person
chameleonic [kə mē΄lē än′ik]
adj.

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