Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored belly

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Synonyms of Caiman


Alternate forms of Caiman

Hyponyms: caiman sclerops, spectacled caiman

Hypernyms: crocodilian, crocodilian reptile

Origin of the word Caiman

  1. 1570s, from Port. or Sp. caiman, from a Carib word, or perhaps from a Congo African word applied to the reptiles in the new world by African slaves. "The name appears to be one of those like anaconda and bom, boma, which the Portuguese or Spaniards very early caught up in one part of the world, and naturalized in another." [OED] more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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