A lizard of a large family (Lacertidae) to which most European lizards belong.‘Lacertid scalation and body forms are similar to those of the teiids, although lacertids are usually smaller.’
- ‘Despite this ecological variation, lacertids do not display an equivalent amount of anatomical variation.’
- ‘Differences in data collection make direct comparisons between lacertids, gymnophthalmids, and teiids difficult.’
- ‘Second, our work with lacertids helped make us both keenly aware of the importance of phylogeny and phylogenetic control in comparative biology.’
- ‘The slender body, well-developed limbs and long tail of most species are indicative of the superior sprinting abilities of lacertids.’
Late 19th century from modern Latin Lacertidae (plural), from Latin lacerta ‘lizard’.
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips