te·gu (tĭ-go͞oʹ) n.
A large swift teiid lizard (Tupinambis nigropunctatus) of Colombia and Brazil, having yellow spots and stripes over a bluish-black body.
  [Portuguese tejú, from Tupi teyú.]

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 (Tupinambis), any of about seven large, carnivorous, tropical South American lizards (lizard) of the family Teiidae. The background colour of most species is black. Some have yellow, reddish, or white bands across the back, whereas others have broad lines extending down the body with irregular markings on the top surface. The scales (scale) of the tegu are small, square, and arranged in regular rings around the body. This large lizard has a streamlined body shape with a long tail and powerful legs. Most species are roughly 1 metre (3 feet) long; however, one species, T. merianae, reaches 1.3 metres (about 4 feet) in total length. Like other teiids, the tegu uses its tongue and Jacobson's organ (a chemoreceptor (chemoreception) organ located on the roof of its mouth) to detect and discriminate chemical cues associated with prey and other individual lizards.

      Tegus occur in a wide variety of habitats, including the Amazon Rainforest, savannas (savanna), and deciduous, semiarid thorn forests. Even though these are large, conspicuous lizards, two new species, T. longilineus and T. quadrilineatus, were described as late as the mid-1990s, and additional undescribed species are known to exist. Several species have been heavily exploited commercially, primarily in Argentina, for their hides—a source of high-quality leather used for making shoes and purses. Tegus are considered a delicacy in parts of South America and are eaten locally. They are also popular in the commercial pet trade.

Laurie Vitt

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • tegu — tegù 1 dll. Neski̇̀nk gėlių̃, tegù žýdi …   Bendrinės lietuvių kalbos žodyno antraštynas

  • tegu — tegù 2 jng. Tegù neturėčiau kõ válgyti, nei̇̃čiau di̇̀rbti už centùs …   Bendrinės lietuvių kalbos žodyno antraštynas

  • tegu- — *tegu , *tegi , *tehu germ., Maskulinum: nhd. zehn, …zig; ne. ten, …ty; Rekontruktionsbasis: got., an., ae., afries., as., ahd.; Etymologie: idg …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • tēgu- — *tēgu , *tēguz germ.?, Adjektiv: nhd. zäh, langsam; ne. tedious; Rekontruktionsbasis: mnd.; Etymologie: s. ing. *dek̑ (2), Verb, reißen, zerreißen, zerfasern, Pokorny 191; Weiterleben …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • tegu- —     tegu     English meaning: thick     Deutsche Übersetzung: “dick”; only Celt. and Gmc.     Material: O.Ir. tiug, Welsh Corn. tew, Bret. teo “thick”; O.Ice. Þykkr, Þjokkr, Þjukkr “thick”, O.E. ðicce “thick, dense”, O.H.G. dicchi ds., O.S.… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • tegu — 1 tegù prt. Š, K.Būg, RŽ, NdŽ, KŽ, FrnW329,1071,1083, Vlkv, KzR, Krm, Rmš, Jd, Lkč, Nm, Sdr, Jrb, Vl, Rsn, Vkš, Škn, Žm, Št, Tršk, Dkšt, tègu NdŽ, Bb, Vnd, Grk, Šlv, Dt, Škt, Šln, Krkn; Rtr 1. DŽ reiškiant leidimą, neprieštaravimą, sutikimą:… …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • tegu — 2 tegù conj. DŽ, NdŽ reiškiant nuolaidą: Tegù netoli, ale vis galas, ir gana Ss. Tegù jijė i tylėjo, ale vis tiek ji kaltesnė Jrb. Tegu vasaros naktis striuka, ale betgi laiko yra Pc. Tegù nekoks alus, vis geriau kaip nieko Mžš. Tegu aš senas …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • Tegu — Tupinambis Tupinambis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tégu — Tupinambis Tupinambis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tegu- — Thick. thick, from Old English thicce, thick, from Germanic *thiku .   [Pokorny tegu 1057.] * * * …   Universalium

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