Definition of Komodo dragon in US English:

Komodo dragon

noun

  • A heavily built monitor lizard that captures large prey such as pigs by ambush. Occurring only on Komodo and neighboring Indonesian islands, it is the largest living lizard.

    Varanus komodoensis, family Varanidae

    • ‘Sitting on a wooden platform on the island of Rinca, overlooking several Komodo dragons, park ranger Martinus confessed that he would be voting for Megawati.’
    • ‘About 300 Komodo dragons live in captivity - more than 60 of which have been born and bred in the United States.’
    • ‘Cannibal Rock was named after its discoverers observed a Komodo dragon devouring another on a ledge above a mini-wall that begins in only 3 feet of water and drops to 10 feet.’
    • ‘In the same site they also found bones from Komodo dragons and an extinct pygmy elephant called Stegodon.’
    • ‘Indonesian Komodo dragons attain lengths of ten feet or more and can weigh as much as 350 pounds.’
    • ‘In 1992 I visited the island of Komodo - home of the Komodo dragon - to study gigantism among reptiles.’
    • ‘He said he and two friends sailing a yacht had stopped at a bay on the island of Rinja, not far from Bali, hoping to see some Komodo dragons.’
    • ‘He believes that Megalania varied between 200 and 330 pounds, about the size of a Komodo dragon.’
    • ‘They themselves may have been hunted by giant lizards - even bigger versions of the huge Komodo dragons which still exist in the region and have been known to eat humans.’
    • ‘The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia 18,000 years ago.’
    • ‘The Toronto Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a baby Komodo dragon.’
    • ‘The Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, has more than fifteen infectious agents suspended in its saliva.’
    • ‘Many reptiles today, including crocodilians and Komodo dragons, regularly prey on their own species, he notes.’
    • ‘How did he get to the remote regions of the earth to collect exotic butterflies and Komodo dragons?’
    • ‘A monitor lizard the size of a Komodo dragon saunters out of the jungle and slips into the sea.’
    • ‘Monitor lizards such as Komodo dragons do not sweat; they can only pant to lower their body temperature and lay still in the shade or inside burrows.’
    • ‘Sophon suggested that new animals could include giant anteaters from South America, Komodo dragons from Indonesia, or gorillas from Africa.’
    • ‘Last week they decided to show an item about a veterinarian who practiced acupuncture on a Komodo dragon.’
    • ‘Interestingly, some future antibiotics may lie in unusual places, including the saliva of Komodo dragons.’
    • ‘Yet for decades, observers have recorded anecdotes of young Komodo dragons doing things that lack obvious utility and suggest whimsical antics.’

Pronunciation

Komodo dragon

/kəˈmoʊˌdoʊ ˈdræɡən/