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crocodile

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noun croc·o·dile \ˈkrä-kə-ˌdī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of crocodile

  • : a large reptile that has a long body, thick skin, and a long, thin mouth with sharp teeth and that lives in the water in regions with hot weather

  • : the skin of the crocodile used for making shoes and others products

  • : a line of people and especially of schoolchildren who are walking in pairs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crocodile

  1. 1 a :  any of several large carnivorous thick-skinned long-bodied aquatic reptiles (family Crocodylidae) of tropical and subtropical waters; broadly :  crocodilian b :  the skin or hide of a crocodile

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a line of people (as schoolchildren) usually walking in pairs

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Origin of crocodile

Middle English & Latin; Middle English cocodrille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, alteration of Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos lizard, crocodile, from krokē shingle, pebble + drilos worm; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble


First Known Use: 1555


Crocodile

geographical name croc·o·dile

Definition of Crocodile

  1. — see limpopo




CROCODILE Defined for Kids

crocodile

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noun croc·o·dile \ˈkrä-kə-ˌdīl\

Definition of crocodile for Students

  1. :  a reptile that resembles the related alligator but that has a long narrow snout



History for crocodile

The word crocodile is taken from Greek krokodeilos, which is probably a compound of krokē, “pebble, stone,” and a rare word drilos, which may mean “worm.” According to the ancient Greek writer Herodotus, some Greeks gave this name to the lizards that lived among the stone walls of their farms. When these Greeks visited Egypt, the enormous reptiles of the Nile River reminded them of the lizards and they applied the same name to them.



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