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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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 Her aim is to rebrand and re-image alligators and crocodiles. Marco Santana,, "PODCAST: Gatorland's swamp girl Savannah Boan (Ep. 37)," 11 July 2018 The largest crocodile ever captured in the region was a 20-ft.-long croc, nabbed in 1974. Kelli Bender,, "Just Another Day in Australia: Rangers Wrangle 1,300-lb. Crocodile to Keep It from Entering Town," 10 July 2018 Authorities had been hunting the giant crocodile for a decade, ranger John Burke said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Australian rangers trap gigantic saltwater crocodile after decade-long hunt, officials say," 10 July 2018 Things go boom fighting the giant wolf and giant crocodile while trying to protect Okoye's raging albino gorilla buddy, George. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Rampage': We went berserk when we saw The Rock's altered ending (spoilers!)," 14 Apr. 2018 Can this crocodile get revenge against the New England Patriots with his Super Bowl pick? Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Tony Romo has rough finishing stretch in PGA Tour debut | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 The zoo teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help Ryland Gallagher from Colorado Springs get his wish to meet alligators and crocodiles. CBS News, "8-year-old boy struggling with cystic fibrosis gets special day at Miami zoo," 6 Jan. 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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