Definition of alligator
1a : either of two crocodilians (Alligator mississippiensis of the southeastern U.S. 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 toothb : crocodilian
2 : leather made from alligator hide
Recent Examples of alligator from the Web
The park began posting signs warning visitors not to feed the croc in July, a month after an alligator grabbed and killed a toddler from the edge of a lake at a Disney resort.
Deputies and Florida Fish & Wildlife agents responded and found the 7- to 8-foot alligator at the bottom of the pool.
There is federal protection in place to ensure alligators are legally harvested for international trade.
Trappers couldn’t coax the alligator out of the cargo area, so a forklift operator had to lift the platform.
Whittaker trained in Florida, and spent time in the 1990s performing retinal tests on alligators at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two men who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator’s mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina wildlife authorities are investigating after photos circulated online showing beer being poured down a young alligator's throat.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina wildlife authorities are investigating after photos circulated online showing beer being poured down a young alligator’s throat.
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ALLIGATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alligator for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of alligator for Students
: 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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