Complete Definition of "chameleon"

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Alternative spellings
chamaeleon

Etymology
From L. term|chamaeleon|langla < AGr. term|scpolytonic|χαμαιλέων||crawling lion|trkhamaileon|langgrc, a kind of lizard known for changing its colour, also the name of various plants, so called from their leaves changing colour, < χαμαί (khamai) "on the earth, on the ground" + λέων (leon) "lion". First attested in w:1340|1340.

Pronunciation
IPA|/kəˈmi:lɪən/

Noun
en-noun

  1. A small to mid-size reptile, of the family Chamaeleonidae, and one of the best known lizard families able to change color and project its long tongue.
  2. A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.

Translations
trans-top|reptile
Dutch: kameleon m
Finnish: kameleontti
French: caméléon m
German: Chamäleon n
Greek, Ancient: χαμαιλέων
Hebrew: זיקית (ziqyt) f (1)
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Ido: kameleono
Polish: kameleon typ jaszczurki
Russian: хамелеон m
Spanish: camaléon m
Turkish: Bukalemun
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trans-top|person with inconstant behavior
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