Definition of skink in English:



  • A smooth-bodied lizard with short or absent limbs, typically burrowing in sandy ground, and occurring throughout tropical and temperate regions.

    Family Scincidae: numerous genera and species

    • ‘They also eat small birds, snakes, lizards, and skinks.’
    • ‘The black-tailed monitor has a unique tactic to rustle up skinks, the small lizards on which it feeds.’
    • ‘Mr Marshall said several other species of lizards and skinks were also starting to become active as the weather warmed.’
    • ‘For his doctoral work, Breck studied the reptiles and amphibians of Minnesota, with a special focus on the black-banded skink.’
    • ‘There's no way a gecko or skink, for example, will grow as big as a Brachiosaurus.’
    • ‘The cryptic posture might make these skinks invisible to tree-dwelling predators as well.’
    • ‘Those and other nymphs that were unable to feed should have died, thereby decreasing larval infestation levels on Seychelles skinks in September.’
    • ‘He makes few assumptions about higher-level lizard taxonomy and includes geckos, skinks and agamids among his in-group taxa.’
    • ‘There are many other snakes of all different sizes, as well as chameleons, geckos, lizards, skinks, iguanas, spiders and huge tortoises.’
    • ‘Rodents, salamanders, lizards, geckos, and skinks shed their tails.’
    • ‘Now, I am seeing many more lizards, skinks and related reptiles in the yard.’
    • ‘While living here I have spotted many, including small shiny skinned skinks, geckos (jing-jocks and tokays), and large monitor lizards.’
    • ‘In his suitcases were more than 200 live skinks, geckos, and frogs.’
    • ‘There are a great many flowering bushes such as the distinctively Australian banksias, and red-tailed skinks are often seen sunning themselves on the rocks.’
    • ‘I have skinks running around my house, whispering in my ear while I sleep.’


Late 16th century: from French scinc or Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos.