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 for Chameleon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chameleon \Cha*me"le*on\ (k[.a]*m[=e]"l[-e]*[u^]n), n. [L.
     Chamaeleon, Gr. chamaile`wn, lit., "ground lion;" chamai` on
     the ground + le`wn lion. See Humble, and Lion.] (Zool.)
     1. A lizardlike reptile of the genus Cham[ae]leo, of
        several species, found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The
        skin is covered with fine granulations; it has eyes which
        can move separately, the tail is prehensile, and the body
        is much compressed laterally, giving it a high back. It is
        remarkable for its ability to change the color of its skin
        to blend with its surroundings. [Also sometimes spelled
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     Note: Its color changes more or less with the color of the
           objects about it, or with its temper when disturbed. In
           a cool, dark place it is nearly white, or grayish; on
           admitting the light, it changes to brown, bottle-green,
           or blood red, of various shades, and more or less
           mottled in arrangment. The American chameleons belong
           to Anolis and allied genera of the family
           Iguanid[ae]. They are more slender in form than the
           true chameleons, but have the same power of changing
           their colors.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. a person who changes opinions, ideas, or behavior to suit
        the prevailing social climate; an opportunist.
     Chameleon mineral (Chem.), the compound called potassium
        permanganate, a dark violet, crystalline substance,
        KMnO4, which in formation passes through a peculiar
        succession of color from green to blue, purple, red, etc.
        See Potassium permanganate, under Potassium.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a changeable or inconstant person
      2: a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern
         hemisphere near Apus and Mensa [syn: Chamaeleon,
      3: lizard of Africa and Madagascar able to change skin color and
         having a projectile tongue [syn: chameleon, chamaeleon]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "chameleon":
     April showers, Dalmatian, Gila monster, Proteus, Vicar of Bray,
     agama, alligator, anole, antigorite, bearded lizard, blindworm,
     box turtle, butterfly, butterfly agama, candy cane, cayman,
     cheetah, chrysotile, cloud shapes, confetti, crazy quilt,
     crocodile, diamondback, dragon, false map turtle, firedog,
     flying dragon, formalist, gavial, gecko, girdle-tailed lizard,
     glass snake, green turtle, harlequin, hawksbill, hawksbill turtle,
     iguana, iris, jaguar, kaleidoscope, leatherback, leopard, lizard,
     mackerel, mackerel sky, marble, marbled paper, matamata, mercury,
     moire, monitor, moon, mother-of-pearl, mugger, nacre, ocelot, opal,
     ophite, patchwork quilt, peacock, quicksilver, rainbow,
     rolling stone, sea turtle, serpentine, serpentine marble,
     shifting sands, shot silk, soft-shelled turtle, spectrum,
     stump tail, teju, temporizer, terrapin, the weather, timepleaser,
     timeserver, tortoise, tortoise shell, trimmer, tuatara, turtle,
     water, weather vane, weathercock, wheel of fortune, whirligig,

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     a species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour
     of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Lev.
     11:30, where the Hebrew word so translated is _coah_ (R.V.,
     "land crocodile"). In the same verse the Hebrew _tanshemeth_,
     rendered in Authorized Version "mole," is in Revised Version
     "chameleon," which is the correct rendering. This animal is very
     common in Egypt and in the Holy Land, especially in the Jordan

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