croc·​o·​dile | \ˈkrä-kə-ˌdī(-ə)l \

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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Jolie and Jack's first bout of flirting is about the difference between crocodiles and alligators. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "26 Times the One Tree Hill Lifetime Christmas Movie Will Remind You of, Well, One Tree Hill," 23 Nov. 2018 The Cuban croc is endangered, not only due to shrinking habitat, but also to hybridization as its gene pool gets polluted by natural encounters with the bigger, shyer American crocodile. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 Both American alligators and crocodiles can be found in Everglades National Park, the only place in the world the species cohabitate in the wild. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.," 23 Apr. 2018 In the first footage of its kind, an aerial drone has captured two 10-foot tiger sharks and a 13-foot saltwater crocodile scavenging a dead whale. National Geographic, "Sharks and Crocodile Feast on Dead Whale in First-Ever Video," 25 Apr. 2018 In a woodblock, once In an early-Netherlandish world, He is shown with a crocodile, a unicorn, and a wobbly man With a tail and prehensile feet. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 The crocodile was a lesbian who had piqued the national interest of Taiwan. Ankita Chakraborty, Longreads, "A Crocodile In Paris: The Queer Classics of Qiu Miaojin," 8 June 2018 Fox and his then fiancée, Zenele Ndlovu, were canoeing on the Zambezi, one of Africa's longest rivers when a crocodile attacked them on Apr. 30. Farai Mutsaka,, "Zimbabwe couple weds after crocodile bites off bride's arm," 7 May 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

: a line of people and especially of schoolchildren who are walking in pairs


croc·​o·​dile | \ˈkrä-kə-ˌdīl \

Kids Definition of crocodile

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

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