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leguaan, noun

Forms:
α. legouane, leguanShow more /ˈleɡ(ə)wɑːn/, /ˈleɡəvɑːn/, /ˈleɡjuɑːn/legouane, leguan, leguaan;
β. lagavaan, lagewaanShow more /ˈleɡəvɑːn/lagavaan, lagewaan, lakavan, legevaan, legewaan, leggevaan, leggewaan, legovaan;
γ. lekkewaan, likawaanShow more /ˈleɡəvɑːn/, /ˈləkəvɑːn/lekkewaan, likawaan, likkewan.
Origin:
Dutch, FrenchShow more Dutch leguaan from French l’iguane, le the + iguane iguana.
Note:
Despite long and well-established use in South African English, neither the spelling nor the pronunciation of this word has become standardized. (The modern Afrikaans form is likkewaan.)
Either of two species of large monitor lizard, Varanus niloticus (also called water leguaan), or V. exanthematicus subspecies albigularis (also called berg leguaan /bɜːɡ -/, [Afrikaans, berg mountain] and rock leguaan), with robust bodies and strongly-clawed, stocky limbs. Also attributive.
Note:
V. exanthematicus subspecies albigularis is associated by some with the mythical das-adder (see das sense 1 b).
α.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 391My Hottentot wits..tried to persuade him he had fired at a Legouane (a kind of large lizard, common in the rivers of Africa).
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 31One Leguan.., lying on the bank, which tried to get away by running swiftly into the water.
β.
1834 T.H. Bowker Journal. 23 Dec.Shoot rabbits — swim horses in the river below the garden. Shoot two Lakavans.
1976 A. Delius Border 35Made acquaintance with a variety of creeping, crawling, or darting creatures, some of which have been identified for us..as scorpions, puffadders,..leggewaans (like monstrous lizards), [etc.].
γ.
1913 J.J. Doke Secret CityWhy, man, I’m as stiff as a lekkewaan, every bone seems broken.
[1989 Personality 29 May 14This is the terrain of Crocodile Dundee’s cousin, Likkewaan Labuschagne.]
Either of two species of large monitor lizard, Varanus niloticus (also called water leguaan), or V. exanthematicus subspecies albigularis (also called berg leguaanbɜːɡ -, , berg mountain and rock leguaan), with robust bodies and strongly-clawed, stocky limbs. Also attributive.

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