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1Lizard-like; (Zoology) lacertiform, lacertilian, lacertid. Now rare in zoological use.
2Of a decoration, motif, pattern, etc.: consisting of or incorporating interlaced lizard-like figures.
1Zoology. A lizard; specifically a lacertid or lacertoid lizard. Now rare.
2A lizard-like figure interlaced with others to form a decoration or motif. Usually in plural.
Early 19th century. From classical Latin lacerta lizard + -ine.
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