Etymology
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skink (n.)

1580s, from French scinc (Modern French scinque), from Latin scincus, from Greek skinkos, some kind of lizard common in Asia and North Africa, of unknown origin. The by-forms (scincoid, etc.) have the Latin spelling, from Modern Latin scincoides.

updated on February 02, 2022

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Definitions of skink from WordNet

skink (n.)
alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide;
Synonyms: scincid / scincid lizard
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