noun al·li·ga·tor \ˈa-lə-ˌgā-tər\

: a large reptile that has a long body, thick skin, and sharp teeth, that lives in the tropical parts of the U.S. and China, and that is related to crocodiles

: the skin of an alligator used for making shoes and other products

Full Definition of ALLIGATOR

a :  either of two crocodilians (Alligator mississippiensis of the southeastern United States and A. sinensis of China) having broad heads not tapering to the snout and a special pocket in the upper jaw for reception of the enlarged lower fourth tooth
b :  crocodilian
:  leather made from alligator hide

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Spanish el lagarto the lizard, from el the (from Latin ille that) + lagarto lizard, from Vulgar Latin *lacartus, from Latin lacertus, lacerta — more at lizard
First Known Use: 1579

Rhymes with ALLIGATOR

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ALLIGATORS Defined for Kids


noun al·li·ga·tor \ˈa-lə-ˌgā-tər\

Definition of ALLIGATOR for Kids

:  a large short-legged reptile that has a long body, thick skin, a long broad snout, and sharp teeth and is related to the crocodile and lizards


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