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reptile

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noun rep·tile \ˈrep-ˌtī(-ə)l, -təl\

Simple Definition of reptile

  • : an animal (such as a snake, lizard, turtle, or alligator) that has cold blood, that lays eggs, and that has a body covered with scales or hard parts

  • : a person who cannot be trusted or who is not likable

Full Definition of reptile

  1. 1 :  an animal that crawls or moves on its belly (as a snake) or on small short legs (as a lizard)

  2. 2 :  any of a class (Reptilia) of air-breathing vertebrates that include the alligators and crocodiles, lizards, snakes, turtles, and extinct related forms (as dinosaurs and pterosaurs) and are characterized by a completely ossified skeleton with a single occipital condyle, a distinct quadrate bone usually immovably articulated with the skull, ribs attached to the sternum, and a body usually covered with scales or bony plates

  3. 3 :  a groveling or despised person

Examples of reptile

  1. He called the governor's top aide a reptile.

  2. <the actor plays a total reptile who's somehow still a hit with the ladies>



Origin of reptile

Middle English reptil, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French reptile (feminine), from Late Latin reptile (neuter), from neuter of reptilis creeping, from Latin reptus, past participle of repere to crawl; akin to Lithuanian rėplioti to crawl


First Known Use: 14th century


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reptile

adjective rep·tile

Definition of reptile

  1. :  characteristic of a reptile :  reptilian





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