a species of lizard which has the faculty of changing the colour of its skin. It is ranked among the unclean animals in Leviticus 11:30 , where the Hebrew word so translated is coah (RSV, "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 valley.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Chameleon". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".