One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lizard of the Old World genus Uromastyx (family Agamidae), with a thick, spiny tail; especially U. acanthinura of North Africa.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John G. Wood (1827–1889), natural historian and microscopist. From scientific Latin Mastigura from ancient Greek μαστιγ-, μάστιξ whip + οὐρά tail.
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