Definition of galliwasp in English:

galliwasp

noun

  • A marsh lizard found in Central America and the Caribbean.

    • ‘Divorcing himself from feelings, he comes up with a weird comparison between human beings and galliwasps.’
    • ‘In 1956, Cousens reported that a Jamaican giant galliwasp had not been collected in over one hundred years.’
    • ‘Sloane described and illustrated one of these, the great galliwasp, which later became extinct.’
    • ‘The galliwasp is also killed by dogs, cats and mongooses, and by people who mistakenly consider it to be venomous.’
    • ‘Other regionally endemic species that may be found are the mountain chicken, which is actually a type of frog, and the rare galliwasp, which is half-snake, half-lizard.’

Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

galliwasp

/ˈɡalɪwɒsp/