from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical Old World lizards of the family Chamaeleonidae, characterized by their ability to change color.
- n. See anole.
- n. A changeable or inconstant person: "In his testimony, the nominee came off as . . . a chameleon of legal philosophy” ( Joseph A. Califano, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.
- adj. Describing something that changes color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lizardlike reptile of the genus Chamæleo, of several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is covered with fine granulations; it has eyes which can move separately, the tail is prehensile, and the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back. It is remarkable for its ability to change the color of its skin to blend with its surroundings.
- n. a person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit the prevailing social climate; an opportunist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lizard-like reptile of the family Chamæleontidæ, having a naked body, a prehensile tail, feet suited for grasping branches, and the eye covered by a single circular eyelid with an aperture in the center.
- n. In the southern United States and West Indies, a true lizard of the family Anolididæ or Iguanidæ. Also chamæleo.
- n. [capitalized] A constellation invented by Bayer, situated beneath the feet of the Centaur.
- n. Same as chamæleon, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue
- n. a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Apus and Mensa
- n. a changeable or inconstant person
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He cried aloud when he was referred to as a chameleon.
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Doctor Covington had just turned sixty, but still had a full head of what Mother called chameleon hair.
An anole lizard also known as a chameleon named Igor graced our home.
HRG must have known that the chameleon was his wife.