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Chameleon vs. Lizard — What's the Difference?

Chameleon vs. Lizard — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Chameleon and Lizard

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Chameleon

Chameleons or chamaeleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of Old World lizards with 202 species described as of June 2015. These species come in a range of colors, and many species have the ability to change color.
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Lizard

Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with over 6,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica, as well as most oceanic island chains. The group is paraphyletic as it excludes the snakes and Amphisbaenia; some lizards are more closely related to these two excluded groups than they are to other lizards.
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Chameleon

Variant of Chamaeleon.
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Lizard

Any of numerous squamate reptiles often classified in the suborder Lacertilia, characteristically having a scaly elongated body with a tapering tail, four legs, movable eyelids, and external ear openings.
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Chameleon

Any of various tropical lizards of the family Chamaeleonidae, chiefly of Africa and Madagascar, having a prehensile tail, eyes that can move independently, and the ability to change color.
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Lizard

Leather made from the skin of one of these reptiles.
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Chameleon

An anole lizard, especially Anolis carolinensis of the southeast United States.
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Lizard

Any reptile of the order Squamata that is not a snake or an amphisbaenian, usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelids and a long slender body and tail.
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Chameleon

A changeable or inconstant person
"In his testimony, the nominee came off as ... a chameleon of legal philosophy" (Joseph A. Califano, Jr.).
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Lizard

Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles.
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Chameleon

A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae, and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.
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Lizard

(colloquial) An unctuous person.
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Chameleon

(figuratively) A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.
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Lizard

(colloquial) A coward.
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Chameleon

(physics) A hypothetical scalar particle with a non-linear self-interaction, giving it an effective mass that depends on its environment: the presence of other fields.
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Lizard

(rock paper scissors) A hand forming a "D" shape with the tips of the thumb and index finger touching (a handshape resembling a lizard), that beats paper and Spock and loses to rock and scissors in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.
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Chameleon

Describing something that changes color.
The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.
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Lizard

(in compounds) A person who idly spends time in a specified place, especially a promiscuous female.
Lounge lizard; lot lizard; beach lizard; truck stop lizard
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Chameleon

A lizardlike reptile of the genus Chamæleo, of several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is covered with fine granulations; it has eyes which can move separately, the tail is prehensile, and the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back. It is remarkable for its ability to change the color of its skin to blend with its surroundings.
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Lizard

Any one of the numerous species of reptiles belonging to the order Lacertilia; sometimes, also applied to reptiles of other orders, as the Hatteria.
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Chameleon

A person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit the prevailing social climate; an opportunist.
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Lizard

A piece of rope with thimble or block spliced into one or both of the ends.
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Chameleon

A changeable or inconstant person
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Lizard

A piece of timber with a forked end, used in dragging a heavy stone, a log, or the like, from a field.
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Chameleon

A faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Apus and Mensa
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Lizard

Relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
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Chameleon

Lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue
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Lizard

A man who idles about in the lounges of hotels and bars in search of women who would support him
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