alligator

noun
al·​li·​ga·​tor | \ ˈa-lə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce alligator (audio) \

Definition of alligator

1 : either of two large carnivorous, thick-skinned, long-bodied, aquatic, crocodilian reptiles (Alligator mississippiensis of the southeastern U.S. and A. sinensis of China) that have a broad head with a slightly tapered, long, rounded, U-shaped snout and a special pocket in the upper jaw for reception of the enlarged lower fourth tooth broadly : crocodilian
2 : leather made from alligator hide

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Examples of alligator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bob Stevens, another friend of Ray's, remembers a time when Ray captured a 12-foot alligator with his own two hands. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Answers to cowboy's mysterious death lay inside toolbox found on ex-wife's property," 24 Apr. 2021 In addition to Teratophoneus, researchers have also found seven species of turtles, multiple fish and ray species, two other kinds of dinosaurs and a nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Deinosuchus alligator. David Bressan, Forbes, "Mass Death Site May Prove Tyrannosaurs Have Lived In Packs," 20 Apr. 2021 In addition to the tyrannosaurs, researchers have also found seven species of turtles, multiple fish and ray species, two other kinds of dinosaurs and a nearly complete skeleton of a juvenile Deinosuchus alligator. Fox News, "Fossil site may prove tyrannosaurs lived in packs," 20 Apr. 2021 One such concept: Bright green alligator-skin golf shoes with a matching belt and carrying case. Nadia Owusu, WSJ, "For a Wardrobe Upgrade, Book a Trip to Ghana," 3 Mar. 2021 Torrie Heathcoat in Fort Myers said that even though her garage door was open for just ten minutes, a seven-foot-long alligator made its way inside. Fox 35 News Staff, FOX 35 Orlando, "Florida woman finds gator hissing by door inside garage," 1 Mar. 2021 Golfers at a Central Florida golf club were treated to the sight of a massive alligator strolling across the greens, as seen in a video provided to FOX 35 News. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, "Video captures massive alligator out for stroll on Central Florida golf course," 30 Oct. 2020 Completing the package is an elegant black alligator leather strap. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Why Tag Heuer’s Newest Monaco Watch Will Turn You Green With Envy," 23 Apr. 2021 The monkeys in the song were snapped up by a crafty alligator, but the students in the classroom appeared to feel safe and happy. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD welcomes excited students, concerned parents on first day of school after a year," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of alligator

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alligator

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

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The first known use of alligator was in 1591

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9 May 2021

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“Alligator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alligator. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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alligator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alligator

: 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

alligator

noun
al·​li·​ga·​tor | \ ˈa-lə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce alligator (audio) \

Kids Definition of alligator

: 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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