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goanna /goʊˈænə/  

(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

Any type of Australian monitor lizard (a reptile with legs), from 20 centimetres to 2 metres long.

Example: Along came a 70 cm goanna up to our gate, tasting the air with its tongue. It calmly seemed to stroll in, with our dog only a few metres away sleeping in the sun. (http://www.capecassini.com.au/diary.php?page=2) 

Two goannas on a piece of wood

(photo by Julia Miller)