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goanna (ɡəʊˈænə Pronunciation for goanna



  1. any of various Australian monitor lizards
  2. (Australian, slang) a piano

Word Origin

C19: sense 1 changed from iguana; sense 2 from rhyming slang pianna

Example Sentences Including 'goanna'

Could it be that a prehistoric species of goanna is alive and well in the Aussie swamps?
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
He still recalls the sad fate of a goanna which he chopped in half after mistaking it for a snake.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
He whistles merrily as the goanna wriggles with pleasure at the overture.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)


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