Dutch, FrenchShow more Dutch leguaan from French l’iguane, le the + iguane iguana.
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.
V. exanthematicus subspecies albigularis is associated by some with the mythical das-adder (see das sense 1 b).
1790tr. ofF. 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).
1950W. RoseReptiles & Amphibians 196Although the name leguaan is a corruption of the words ‘L’iguana’, iguanas belong to a totally different, vegetarian and mainly arboreal family that is not represented on the African continent.
1958R. CollinsImpassioned Wind 113I..pointed out a leguan — a giant, five foot lizard — swimming slowly up against the current with the water forming a tight, green ruff around his sinuous throat.
1972N. Sapeika inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VII. 303Vulture fat or leguan fat was used as an embrocation for lumbago.
1978E. Prov. Herald 7 Nov. 6When threatened, the water leguan inflated its body and hissed loudly through its mouth, lashing its tail from side to side.
1985H. Goosen inS. Afr. Panorama Aug. 22The berg leguaan is best-suited to a mountainous, Karoo-like environment and feeds on large insects and Karoo animals.
1986J. ConynghamArrowing of Cane 12Past the bank where the kingfishers nest, the lower holes deserted after leguaan raids.
1987R. PattersonReptiles of Sn Afr. 37On adult size alone, the Water Leguaan and the Rock Leguaan could not be mistaken for any other lizard in southern Africa. Being the largest lizards on the African continent (adults easily exceed 1 m), they are readily distinguished by their sheer size.
1989Personality 29 May 11George tackled an enraged leguan which tried to attack children in the Friedemann family backyard.
1990Weekend Post 5 May 8One could easily lose oneself in the timelessness of nature, watching..a leguaan slip its lazy body silently into the dark, cool depths of a river pool.
1967E.M. SlatterMy Leaves Are Green 265Nyoni’s quick eye had caught a movement in the reeds. ‘Look, Nkosana,’ he whispered, ‘a legavaan’.
1976A. DeliusBorder 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.].
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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