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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Recent Examples on the Web The authors deduced that the ancient crocodile pressed into the feces with its last two front fingers. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 She's also depicted in ancient Egyptian art as having the top-half of a hippo, feline paws, and the tail of a Nile crocodile. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 20 Apr. 2022 The Maroquinerie collection, available in the brand's 16 and Triomphe styles, is made of crocodile accented with 18-karat gold and assembled to order by a single artisan. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Apr. 2022 The March 26 debut of Lizzo's nail set indicates that it was inspired by the scaly skin of the crocodile. Sara Miranda, Allure, 28 Mar. 2022 In 2020, Wilson and Wright had traveled as far as Indonesia to assist local authorities in removing a tire stuck around the neck of a 4-meter crocodile. Shafiq Najib,, 1 Mar. 2022 With 35% of the freshwater crocodile preserved, researchers were able to recover a near-complete skull of the animal. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 Bindi is accompanied by a crocodile before the camera jumps to her brother, Robert, who's cozying up with a lizard. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 9 May 2022 This need to elude reality is also the impetus for Catherine’s creation of the Crocodile Bride, a mysterious healer who lives deep in the Black Bayou protected by a gargantuan crocodile. Leah Tyler, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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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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