Found 2 items, similar to chamaeleon.
English → English
n 1: a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern
hemisphere near Apus and Mensa [syn: Chameleon
2: lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color
and having a projectile tongue [syn: chameleon
English → English
n. [L. Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn,
lit., “ground lion;”
chamai` on the ground + le`wn lion.]
a lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color
and having a projectile tongue.
(k[.a]*m[=e]"l[-e]*[u^]n), n. [L.
Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., “ground lion;”
on the ground + le`wn lion. See Humble
, and Lion
1. A lizardlike reptile of the genus Cham[ae]leo
several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The
skin is covered with fine granulations; it has eyes which
can move separately, the tail is prehensile, and the body
is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back. It is
remarkable for its ability to change the color of its skin
to blend with its surroundings. [Also sometimes spelled
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: Its color changes more or less with the color of the
objects about it, or with its temper when disturbed. In
a cool, dark place it is nearly white, or grayish; on
admitting the light, it changes to brown, bottle-green,
or blood red, of various shades, and more or less
mottled in arrangment. The American chameleons belong
and allied genera of the family
. They are more slender in form than the
true chameleons, but have the same power of changing
2. a person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit
the prevailing social climate; an opportunist.
(Chem.), the compound called potassium permanganate
, a dark violet, crystalline substance,
, which in formation passes through a peculiar
succession of color from green to blue, purple, red, etc.
See Potassium permanganate
, under Potassium