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Gila monster

Definitions

  • The Gila monster
    The Gila monster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gila monster large orange and black lizard of southwestern United States; not dangerous unless molested
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gila monster is the only poisonous lizard in the United States.
    • Gila monster (Zoöl) A large tuberculated lizard (Heloderma suspectum) native of the dry plains of Arizona, New Mexico, etc. It is the only lizard known to have venomous teeth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gila monster . See Monster.
    • Gila monster a large poisonous lizard of Arizona, &c., having tubercular scales
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. monstrum, an omen, a monster—monēre, to warn.

Usage

In literature:

Even that most poisonous of all reptiles, the Gila monster, has no terrors for him.
"The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé" by Harry Houdini
There is some dispute over the exact degree of the toxic qualities of the venom of the Heloderma suspectum, or Gila monster.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
I could kill Jack Payson with no more pity than I would a rattler or Gila monster!
"The Round-up" by John Murray and Marion Mills Miller
Linda herself had no more use for a hysterical woman than she had for a Gila monster.
"Her Father's Daughter" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Bud went after them & found them 4 miles away where we killed the Gila monster.
"Cabin Fever" by B. M. Bower
With the exception of the riders and an occasional Gila monster, no life was discernible.
"Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up" by Clarence Edward Mulford
One of these lizards, the "Gila monster," is poisonous.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
The white heat of midsummer settled down on the desert and the rattlesnakes and Gila monsters holed up.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Do you know why a Gila monster flops on his back when he bites?
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
There were Gila monsters now and again.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The rattlesnake, the centipede, the Gila monster, the tarantula, all carry poison.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
It might be a troupe of educated Potomac shad or an educated ape or a city-broke Gila monster or a talking horse or what not.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
The Gila Monster (pronounced Hee-la) has a thick body with short limbs and a short tail.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
He had seen Gila monsters in Arizona!
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
Plumb yeller as a Gila monster's belly.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Which I'd as soon have a gila monster in the winder.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
I can hardly see how so lazy and sluggish a creature as a Gila monster can be called dangerous.
"The Boy With the U. S. Survey" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The Gila monster is a native of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
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In news:

Byetta was originally derived from Gila monster saliva.
The stout-bodied chuckwalla is the second largest lizard in the US, surpassed only by the gila monster.
Gila 's monster fan.
Gila Monster Found in California Yard.
From Gila monster saliva to the saw-scaled viper.
The saliva of a Gila monster becomes the inspiration for a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes.
The Gila monster, left, has been a favorite subject of storytellers from the Old West through the modern age.
This region, with its own natural wonders and hazards — spiny cacti, scorpions, Gila monsters, rattlesnakes — invites visitors to see through the thorns and appreciate its amazing offerings.
Six venomous rattlesnakes and the poisonous Gila Monster are Nevada natives.
A federal judge has sentenced an Alabama man for trafficking in Gila monsters and other protected reptiles he would trap in Arizona.
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