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Romanized form of the Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamaileon), “‘crawling lion’”), a kind of lizard known for changing its colour, also the name of various plants, so called from their leaves changing colour, < χαμαί (khamai) "on the earth, on the ground" + λέων (leon) "lion"
- chameleon (lizard)
The singular genitive is sometimes chamaeleōntis, with a corresonding change in other forms.
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