monitor lizard

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EtymologyEdit

Perhaps from their habit of standing on their hind legs and appearing to study (i.e. monitor) their surroundings.

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monitor lizard (plural monitor lizards)

  1. Any of various large carnivorous lizards of the family Varanidae, all of whose extant species are of genus Varanus, native to Africa, Asia and Australia.
    Synonym: safeguard

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