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Meaning of CHAMELEON

Pronunciation:  ku'meeleeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and having a projectile tongue
  2. [n]  a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Apus and Mensa

CHAMELEON is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Chamaeleon, chamaeleon
 See Also: African chameleon, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, Chamaeleo oweni, Chamaeleonidae, Chamaeleontidae, constellation, family Chamaeleonidae, family Chamaeleontidae, family Rhiptoglossa, horned chameleon, lizard, Rhiptoglossa



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cha*me"le*on\ (k[.a]*m[=e]"l[-e]*[u^]n), n. [L.
Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., ``ground lion;'' chamai`
on the ground + le`wn lion. See {Humble}, and {Lion}.]
A lizardlike reptile of the genus {Cham[ae]leo}, of several
species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is
covered with fine granulations; the tail is prehensile, and
the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back.

Note: Its color changes more or less with the color of the
      objects about it, or with its temper when disturbed. In
      a cool, dark place it is nearly white, or grayish; on
      admitting the light, it changes to brown, bottle-green,
      or blood red, of various shades, and more or less
      mottled in arrangment. The American chameleons belong
      to {Anolis} and allied genera of the family
      {Iguanid[ae]}. They are more slender in form than the
      true chameleons, but have the same power of changing
      their colors.

{Chameleon mineral} (Chem.), the compound called {potassium
   permanganate}, a dark violet, crystalline substance,
   {KMnO4}, which in formation passes through a peculiar
   succession of color from green to blue, purple, red, etc.
   See {Potassium permanganate}, under {Potassium}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a chameleon in your dream, represents your ability to adapt to any situation. You are versatile and are well-rounded. Alternatively, you feel you are being overlooked.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Lev. 11:30, where the Hebrew word so translated is _coah_ (R.V., "land crocodile"). In the same verse the Hebrew _tanshemeth_, rendered in Authorized Version "mole," is in Revised Version "chameleon," which is the correct rendering. This animal is very common in Egypt and in the Holy Land, especially in the Jordan valley.

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