WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
go•an•na  (gō anə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Reptilesany of the several large monitor lizards of the family Varanidae, of Australia, esp. Varanus varius and V. giganteus, both sometimes growing to 6 ft. (1.8 m).
  • aphetic form of iguana 1795–1805


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

goanna /ɡəʊˈænə/ n
  1. any of various Australian monitor lizards
Etymology: 19th Century: sense 1 changed from iguana; sense 2 from rhyming slang pianna



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