Chameleon: 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 (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 valley.