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chameleon

noun [C]  /kəˈmil·jən/ us  
a lizard (= type of creature) that changes its skin color to match its surroundings so that it cannot be seen A chameleon is also a person who changes his or her opinions or behavior to please others: Opponents called him a political chameleon for shifting his position on a range of issues.
Translations of “chameleon”
in Spanish camaleón…
in French caméléon…
in German das Chamäleon…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, 變色龍,變色蜥蜴…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, 变色龙,变色蜥蜴…
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