Etymology
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iguana (n.)

large lizard of the American tropics, 1550s, from Spanish, from Arawakan (West Indies) iguana, iwana, the local name for the lizard.

Foure footed beastes ... named Iuannas, muche lyke vnto Crocodiles, of eyght foote length, of moste pleasaunte taste. [Richard Eden, "Decades of the New World," 1555]

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Definitions of iguana

iguana (n.)
large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizards with a spiny crest along the back; used as human food in Central America and South America;
Synonyms: common iguana / Iguana iguana
From wordnet.princeton.edu