Definition of lacertine in US English:

lacertine

adjective

  • 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.

noun

  • 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.

Origin

Early 19th century. From classical Latin lacerta lizard + -ine.

Pronunciation

lacertine

/ləˈsəːtʌɪn/