SKINK, n. 1. Drink; pottage. 2. (L. scincus) A small lizard of Egypt; also, the common name of a genus of lizards, with a long body entirely covered with rounded imbricate scales, all natives of warm climates. SKINK, v.i. To bestow, to make a present. To serve drink.
n 1: alert agile lizard with reduced limbs and an elongated body covered with shiny scales; more dependent on moisture than most lizards; found in tropical regions worldwide [syn: skink, scincid, scincid lizard]
I. transitive verbEtymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch schenken; akin to Old English scencan to pour out drink and probably to scanca shank Date: 15th century chiefly dialect to draw, pour out, or serve (drink) II. nounEtymology: Latin scincus, from Greek skinkosDate: 1590 any of a family (Scincidae) of typically small insectivorous lizards with long tapering bodies
Any of about 1,275 species (family Scincidae) of lizards found throughout the tropics and in temperate regions of N. America. Skinks have a cylindrical body, a conical head, and a long, tapering tail. Some species are 26 in. (66 cm) long, but most are under 8 in. (20 cm). Some have small or no limbs and sunken eardrums. Most are ground-dwellers or burrowers; some are arboreal or semiaquatic. Skinks eat insects and other small invertebrates; large species are herbivorous. Some species lay eggs; others bear live young.
Skink Skink, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skinked; p. pr. & vb. n. Skinking.] [Icel. skenja; akin to Sw. sk["a]ka, Dan. skienke, AS. scencan, D. & G. schenken. As. scencan is usually derived from sceonc, sceanc, shank, a hollow bone being supposed to have been used to draw off liquor from a cask. [root]161. See Shank, and cf. Nunchion.] To draw or serve, as drink. [Obs.] Bacchus the wine them skinketh all about. --Chaucer. Such wine as Ganymede doth skink to Jove. --Shirley.
Skink Skink, n. [L. scincus, Gr. ????.] [Written also scink.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of regularly scaled harmless lizards of the family Scincid[ae], common in the warmer parts of all the continents. Note: The officinal skink (Scincus officinalis) inhabits the sandy plains of South Africa. It was believed by the ancients to be a specific for various diseases. A common slender species (Seps tridactylus) of Southern Europe was formerly believed to produce fatal diseases in cattle by mere contact. The American skinks include numerous species of the genus Eumeces, as the blue-tailed skink (E. fasciatus) of the Eastern United States. The ground skink, or ground lizard (Oligosoma laterale) inhabits the Southern United States.