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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: camelion, from Latin chamaeleon, from Greek, from chamai 'on the ground' + leon 'lion'

chameleon

noun
     
cha‧me‧le‧on [countable]
1HBA 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
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