One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lizard of a large family ("Lacertidae") to which most European lizards belong.
- ‘Lacertid scalation and body forms are similar to those of the teiids, although lacertids are usually smaller.’
- ‘Differences in data collection make direct comparisons between lacertids, gymnophthalmids, and teiids difficult.’
- ‘Second, our work with lacertids helped make us both keenly aware of the importance of phylogeny and phylogenetic control in comparative biology.’
- ‘The slender body, well-developed limbs and long tail of most species are indicative of the superior sprinting abilities of lacertids.’
- ‘Despite this ecological variation, lacertids do not display an equivalent amount of anatomical variation.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Lacertidae (plural), from Latin lacerta ‘lizard’.
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