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 Lacoste’s classic tees and polo shirts, bearing the iconic crocodile logo, are also present. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bruno Mars’s First Clothing Line Channels His Alter Ego," 27 Feb. 2021 Amber Valletta was caught on a shopping safari in a faux golden crocodile suit, replete with lizard tail. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Prada sees virtues to preserve in digital runways," 25 Feb. 2021 University of Florida veterinarians surgically removed a shoe swallowed twice by the same hungry crocodile, the school said. NBC News, "Florida veterinarians remove shoe from stomach of hungry crocodile," 23 Feb. 2021 Veterinarians at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine had to surgically remove a shoe that was eaten by a 341-pound Nile crocodile named Anuket. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Vets surgically remove shoe from stomach of 341-pound crocodile," 22 Feb. 2021 The virtual sale featuring, among other things, a kaleidoscope of beauties in leather, ostrich, crocodile, even denim, exceeded estimates, netting more than $900,000. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "In the Midst of a Pandemic, Handbag Sales Are Breaking Records," 22 Feb. 2021 The problem started in December when a shoe slipped off the foot of a tourist ziplining over the crocodile habitat at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, according to a social media post from the zoo. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A zoo crocodile in Florida underwent surgery to remove a shoe from her stomach," 20 Feb. 2021 On the bright side, at least she did not get eaten by a crocodile! Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Brooke Struck on surviving crocodile attacks in Guatemala," 18 Feb. 2021 An approximately 15-foot crocodile bumped his boat hull. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "Man-Eating Crocodile Blamed In Attack On Missing Australian Fisherman," 17 Feb. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Crocodile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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