from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria, which includes the lizards and in former classifications also the crocodiles and dinosaurs.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Sauria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reptile of the suborder Sauria; a lizard.
  • adj. Pertaining to the Sauria.
  • adj. Resembling a lizard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or of the nature of, the Sauria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging or relating to the Sauria, in any sense; having legs and scales, as a lizard; lacertiform; lacertilian.
  • n. A member of the Sauria, in any sense; a scaly reptile with legs, as a lacertilian or lizard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to lizards
  • n. any of various reptiles of the suborder Sauria which includes lizards; in former classifications included also the crocodiles and dinosaurs


From New Latin Sauria, suborder name, from saurus, lizard, from Greek sauros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin *saurianus, from Ancient Greek σαύρα (saura, "lizard") (Wiktionary)



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