crocodile

noun
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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Examples of crocodile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, before its closure, advertised dozens of species such as giant salamanders, baby crocodiles and raccoon dogs that were often referred to as wildlife, even when they were farmed, according to the AP. Frank Miles, Fox News, "China's wet markets can include these bizarre, unusual items," 11 Apr. 2020 Several crocodiles and a handsome young man die as a result of Joe Exotic’s behavior. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Bonkers Appeal of The Tiger King," 28 Mar. 2020 Vendors were slaughtering and grilling bats, dogs, rats, crocodiles and snakes, and sanitary measures were scant. Washington Post, "Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals," 16 Feb. 2020 The ordinance requires owners of alligators, crocodiles and venomous snakes to store and transport their pets in escape-proof containers. USA TODAY, "First Spouse Dolls, Snowstang, sand sculpture: News from around our 50 states," 7 Dec. 2019 The Mara River runs through the reserve, providing a place for hippos to splash and crocodiles to sun themselves. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "In Kenya, an Epic Photographic Safari Through Some of Africa's Most Dramatic Landscapes," 18 Apr. 2020 From its base camp in the bush, the group would go on game drives, day-trip to Victoria Falls, and enjoy cocktails and crocodile-watching on sunset cruises up the Chobe River. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "A Tourism Lull May Be Good for Animals—but Not for Long," 1 Apr. 2020 There's no Tiger Lily, jealous mermaids or a ravenous crocodile swimming about. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Wendy,' a reimagining of 'Peter Pan,' takes flight without pixie dust," 5 Mar. 2020 The Pharaohs worshiped crocodiles and used the Nile to transport the giant granite blocks for the Great Pyramid of Giza. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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“Crocodile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crocodile. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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crocodile

noun
How to pronounce crocodile (audio)

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

crocodile

noun
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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