noun \ˈkrä-kə-ˌdī(-ə)l\

: 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

Full Definition of CROCODILE

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

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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


geographical name

Definition of CROCODILE

— see limpopo


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about a dozen tropical reptile species (family Crocodilidae) found in Asia, the Australian region, Africa, Madagascar, and the Americas. Crocodiles are long-snouted, lizardlike carnivores. Most feed on fishes, turtles, birds, and small mammals; large individuals may attack domestic livestock or humans. Crocodiles swim and feed in the water, floating at the surface to wait for prey, but bask in the sun and breed on land. They are reputed to be livelier than alligators and more likely to attack humans. They have a narrower snout than alligators and a tooth on each side of the jaw that is visible when the jaw is closed.


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