from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The small Jamaican lizard Ameiva dorsalis.—2. A common harmless skink of the southern United States, Oligosoma laterale.


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  • As soon as ever he sets foot on the beach, the rustlings among the dry leaves, and the dartings hither and thither among the spiny bushes that fringe the shore, arrest his attention; and he sees on every hand the beautifully coloured and meek-faced ground-lizard (_Ameiva dorsalis_), scratching like a bird among the sand, or peering at him from beneath the shadow of a great leaf, or creeping stealthily along with its chin and belly upon the earth, or shooting over the turf with such a rapidity that it seems to fly rather than run.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 421 Volume 17, New Series, January 24, 1852 Various 1836


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