Definition of perentie in English:


(also perenty)

nounPlural perenties

  • A large brown and yellow monitor lizard which lives in arid regions of Australia.

    Varanus giganteus, family Varanidae

    • ‘Goannas range in size from the 18 cm short tailed midget to the inland giant, the perentie that can reach up to 2.4 m long.’
    • ‘The perentie is the name that was given to what is Australia's largest lizard.’
    • ‘One of us once came upon the track of a large monitor known as a perentie (V. giganteus) that had intercepted his own.’


Early 20th century: probably from Diyari pirindi.