Definition of anole in English:

anole

noun

  • A small, mainly arboreal American lizard with a throat fan that (in the male) is typically brightly coloured. Anoles have some ability to change colour.

    • ‘Field studies of performance in nature have shown that anoles utilize their maximal sprinting capabilities to escape predators and, to a lesser extent, to capture prey.’
    • ‘Trunk-ground anoles possess long hindlimbs that result in high-speed locomotion, but impair movement on narrow perches, presumably because of the difficulty of maintaining the lizard's center of mass directly over the narrow branch.’
    • ‘Just six months later the anoles were almost exclusively tree-dwelling, and longer-legged lizards had died in disproportionate numbers.’
    • ‘This behavioral response should force brown anoles to evolve shorter, more nimble limbs in order to survive on the small branches, he said.’
    • ‘Check out your local pet shop and look into anoles, chameleons, and skinks, among many others.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Carib.

Pronunciation:

anole

/əˈnəʊli/