croc·​o·​dile | \ ˈkrä-kə-ˌdī(-ə)l How to pronounce crocodile (audio) \

Definition of crocodile

1a : any of several large, carnivorous, thick-skinned, long-bodied, aquatic reptiles (family Crocodylidae and especially genus Crocodylus) of tropical and subtropical waters that have a long, tapered, V-shaped snout broadly : crocodilian
b : the skin or hide of a crocodile
2 chiefly British : a line of people (such as schoolchildren) usually walking in pairs

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Other animals that may be spotted along the attraction include antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, hyenas, lions, warthogs, zebras and flamingos. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney names hippo born at Animal Kingdom," 22 Feb. 2018 And the crocodile excrement face mask was extremely popular. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 Among them: tortoises, bearded dragons, lizards, geckos, a cobra, rattle snakes, a crocodile, an alligator, scores of venomous snakes, and even a python, known as the world's longest of snakes. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Predators Reptile Expo in Mesa April 14-15: See the world's longest snake," 12 Apr. 2018 Niels Jensen made waves on social media Monday for hopping on the back of a burly saltwater crocodile, which was roughly 15 feet and weighed over 1,430 pounds, reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Danish tourist slammed by wildlife official for jumping on crocodile," 25 Sep. 2018 Their strong jaws and sharp canines that grow up to 20 inches are their weapons, and have been known to chomp through boats, crocodiles, and other animals. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourist Killed by Hippo Near Kenya's Lake Naivasha," 13 Aug. 2018 Schmitz’s taxidermy pieces include crocodiles, cheetahs and bears – all now extinct here. Shira Rubin, USA TODAY, "The Middle East's first natural history museum is designed like Noah's Ark," 29 June 2018 Then the shelves that house thousands of pairs of cowboy boots, from exotic Caiman crocodile skin to trendy Western booties. Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 While a classic Bass penny is certainly still suitable, a range of updated options is available from Thom Browne’s slate-gray, pebble-grain model to Bass’s black embossed crocodile-effect pair done in partnership with New York’s Engineered Garments. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "White Socks and Black Loafers. Stylish or Best Left to Michael Jackson?," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crocodile

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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
British : a line of people and especially of schoolchildren who are walking in pairs


croc·​o·​dile | \ ˈkrä-kə-ˌdīl How to pronounce crocodile (audio) \

Kids Definition of crocodile

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

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