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chameleon Explained

chameleon at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


chameleon at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1340, from O.Fr. cham?l?on, from L. chamaeleon, from Gk. chamaileon, from chamai "on the ground" (also "dwarf"), akin to chthon "earth" + leon "lion." Figurative sense of "variable person" is 1582. It was formerly supposed to live on air (cf. "Hamlet" III.ii.98). ///

chameleon at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: camelion, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek, from chamai 'on the ground' + leon 'lion']//
1 a lizard that can change its colour to match the colours around it:
2 someone who changes their ideas, behaviour etc to fit different situations:

chameleon at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

Application for putting pictures or color in the root window Using GTK and Imlib, Chameleon allows the use to place a picture in any format or a color chosen from a color wheel in the root window of X (the background). It also can be run from the command line w/o using the GTK interface. From Debian 3.0r0 APT

chameleon at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any member of a group of Old World, primarily tree-dwelling, lizards (family Chamaeleontidae) characterized chiefly by their ability to change body color. Other traits include toes fused into opposite bundles of two and three, teeth attached to the jaw edge, and a long, slender, extensile tongue. About half of the 89 species are found only in Madagascar; the others live mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. A few are found elsewhere. Most are 7-10 in. (17-25 cm) long, with a body flattened from side to side. The bulged eyes move independently. Each species can undergo a particular range of color change. Insects are the main diet, but larger species also eat birds.

chameleon at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

88 Moby Thesaurus words for "chameleon":
April showers, Dalmatian, Gila monster, Proteus, Vicar of Bray,
agama, alligator, anole, antigorite, bearded lizard, blindworm,
box turtle, butterfly, butterfly agama, candy cane, cayman,
cheetah, chrysotile, cloud shapes, confetti, crazy quilt,
crocodile, diamondback, dragon, false map turtle, firedog,
flying dragon, formalist, gavial, gecko, girdle-tailed lizard,
glass snake, green turtle, harlequin, hawksbill, hawksbill turtle,
iguana, iris, jaguar, kaleidoscope, leatherback, leopard, lizard,
mackerel, mackerel sky, marble, marbled paper, matamata, mercury,
moire, monitor, moon, mother-of-pearl, mugger, nacre, ocelot, opal,
ophite, patchwork quilt, peacock, quicksilver, rainbow,
rolling stone, sea turtle, serpentine, serpentine marble,
shifting sands, shot silk, soft-shelled turtle, spectrum,
stump tail, teju, temporizer, terrapin, the weather, timepleaser,
timeserver, tortoise, tortoise shell, trimmer, tuatara, turtle,
water, weather vane, weathercock, wheel of fortune, whirligig,

Chameleon at English => English (Eastons 1897 Bible) Of Explained:

n a line, in succession, in turn, running, gradually, step by step, at a stretch, in file, in column, in single file.[ADV] (Completeness): completely, altogether, outright, wholly, totally, in toto , quite, all out, fully, through thick and thin, in all respects, in every respect, at all points, out and out, to all intents and purposes, utterly, to the utmost, as far as possible, throughout, from first to last, from beginning to end, from end to end, from

chameleon at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 a small LIZARD (= a type of reptile) that can change colour according to its surroundings
2 (often disapproving) a person who changes their behaviour or opinions according to the situation

Chameleon at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Chameleon \Cha*me"le*on\ (k[.a]*m[=e]"l[-e]*[u^]n), n. [L.
Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., ``ground lion;'' chamai`
on the ground + le`wn lion. See {Humble}, and {Lion}.]
A lizardlike reptile of the genus {Cham[ae]leo}, of several
species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The skin is
covered with fine granulations; the tail is prehensile, and
the body is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back.

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
to {Anolis} and allied genera of the family
{Iguanid[ae]}. They are more slender in form than the
true chameleons, but have the same power of changing
their colors.

{Chameleon mineral} (Chem.), the compound called {potassium
permanganate}, a dark violet, crystalline substance,
{KMnO4}, which in formation passes through a peculiar
succession of color from green to blue, purple, red, etc.
See {Potassium permanganate}, under {Potassium}.

chameleon at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a changeable or inconstant person
2: a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern
hemisphere near Apus and Mensa [syn: {Chamaeleon}]
3: lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color
and having a projectile tongue [syn: {chamaeleon}]

chameleon at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » chamaeleon|chamæleon|Chamaeleon


Inter: wikipedi » a
Category: Image - :Bradypodion pumilum.jpg|Cape Dwarf Chameleon|thumb

Alternative forms

* chamaeleon
  • chamæleon


    From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » chamaeleon|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » sc=polytonic|χαμαιλέων|tr=khamaileōn|lang=grc, from Inter: term » χαμαί|tr=khamai||on the earth, on the ground|sc=polytonic + Inter: term » λέων|tr=leon||lion|sc=polytonic. First attested in Category: w - :1340|1340.


    * Inter: IPA » /kəˈmiːlɪən/|/kəˈmiːljən/Inter: R:Merriam Webster Onlin » eInter: » mInter: R:MacMilla » n


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • 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.
    1. A person with inconstant behavior; one able to quickly adjust to new circumstances.


      Inter: trans-top » reptile

  • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|verkleurmannetjie
  • Amharic: Inter: t- » am|እስስት|tr=əsəst|sc=Ethi
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|حرباء|m|tr=ḥirbāʾ
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|քամելեոն|tr=kʿameleon|sc=Armn, Inter: t- » hy|գետնառյուծ|tr=getnaṙyuc|sc=Armn
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|camaleón|m
  • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|kameleoi
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|хамелеон|m|tr=xameleón|sc=Cyrl
  • Bemba: lufwíáññembâ
  • Breton: Inter: t- » br|gwerlas|m
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|хамелеон|m|tr=hameleón|sc=Cyrl
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|camaleó|m
  • Chamicuro: Inter: tø » ccc|tsenemo
  • Cherokee: Inter: t- » chr|ᎤᎵᏑᏫᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎩ ᏘᏲᎭᎵ|tr=ulisuwisv adanetliyvsgi tiyohali|sc=Cher, Inter: t- » chr|ᎧᎻᎵᎣᏂ|tr=kamilioni|sc=Cher
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t+ » cmn|變色龍|sc=Hani, Inter: t+ » cmn|变色龙|tr=biànsèlóng|sc=Hani, Inter: t+ » cmn|變色蜥蜴|sc=Hani, Inter: t+ » cmn|变色蜥蜴|tr=biànsè xīyì|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|chameleon|m, Inter: t- » cs|chameleón|m
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|kamæleon|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kameleon|m|n
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|ĥameleono
  • Inter: trreq » et
  • Faroese: Inter: t » fo|kamelón|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kameleontti
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|caméléon|m
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|camaleón|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Chamäleon|n
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|χαμαιλέων|m|tr=chamailéon
  • : Ancient: Inter: tø » grc|χαμαιλέων|m|tr=khamaileōn
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|זיקית|f|tr=ziqyt|sc=Hebr
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|गिरगिट|tr=girgiṭ|sc=Deva
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kaméleon
  • Icelandic: Inter: t » is|kameljón|n, Inter: t » is|kamelljón|n
  • Ido: Inter: t+ » io|kameleono
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|bunglon
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|camaleonte|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|カメレオン|tr=kamereon
  • Inter: trreq » km

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|카멜레온|tr=kamelleon|sc=Kore
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|камелеон|m|tr=hameleon|sc=Cyrl
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|sesumpah, Inter: t- » ms|sumpah-sumpah, Inter: t- » ms|kameleon
    • Malayalam: Inter: t+ » ml|ഓന്ത്|tr=ondhŭ|sc=Mlym
    • Manx: Inter: t- » gv|kameelyan
    • Mongolian: Inter: t- » mn|хамелеон|tr=hameleon|sc=Cyrl
    • Nahuatl: Inter: t- » nah|tepaxin
    • Navajo: Inter: tø » nv|naʼashǫ́ʼii łahgo ánééhé
    • Northern Sotho: Inter: tø » nso|leôbu
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: Inter: t- » nb|kameleon|m
    • : Nynorsk: Inter: t- » nn|kameleon|m
    • Occitan: Inter: t- » oc|camaleon|m
    • Oriya: Inter: t- » or|ଏଣ୍ଡୁଅ|sc=Orya
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|آفتاب‌پرست|tr=âftâb-parast|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|kameleon|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|camaleão|m
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|cameleon|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|хамелеон|m|tr=xameleón
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|камелеон|m
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|kameleon|m
    • Shona: Inter: t- » sn|rwavhi
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|chameleón|m
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|kameleon|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|camaleón|m
    • Sundanese: Inter: t- » su|londok
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|kinyonga
    • Swati: lú-nwabú
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|kameleont|c
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|తొండ|tr=toṅḍa
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|bukalemun
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|хамелеон|m|tr=xameleón|sc=Cyrl
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|tắc kè hoa
    • Inter: trreq » vo
    • Inter: trreq » cy
    • Wolof: Inter: t- » wo|kàkkatar
    • Inter: trreq » yi

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » person with inconstant behavior
    • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|verkleurmannetjie
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|camaleó|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kameleon|m|n
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|χαμαιλέων|m|tr=chamailéon
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|camaleonte|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|気分屋|tr=きぶんや, kibun'ya
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|camaleão|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|cameleon|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|camaleón|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-adj » -
  • Describing something that changes color.
    1. : The wall was covered with a chameleon paint.


      * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3

  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

  • Category: Category:en:Reptiles -



    Inter: cs-noun » g=m
  • chameleon

  • Category: Category:cs:Reptiles -
    Translation: ar » chameleon
    Translation: et » chameleon
    Translation: el » chameleon
    Translation: es » chameleon
    Translation: eo » chameleon
    Translation: eu » chameleon
    Translation: fa » chameleon
    Translation: fr » chameleon
    Translation: ko » chameleon
    Translation: io » chameleon
    Translation: zu » chameleon
    Translation: it » chameleon
    Translation: kn » chameleon
    Translation: ku » chameleon
    Translation: hu » chameleon
    Translation: mk » chameleon
    Translation: mg » chameleon
    Translation: ml » chameleon
    Translation: my » chameleon
    Translation: pl » chameleon
    Translation: ro » chameleon
    Translation: ru » chameleon
    Translation: fi » chameleon
    Translation: ta » chameleon
    Translation: te » chameleon
    Translation: vi » chameleon
    Translation: zh » chameleon

    chaméléon at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » chameleon



    Inter: fr-noun » m|sort=chameleon
  • Inter: obsolete form of » caméléon|lang=fr

  • Translation: fr » chaméléon