crocodilian

noun
croc·​o·​dil·​ian | \ ˌkrä-kə-ˈdi-lē-ən How to pronounce crocodilian (audio) , -ˈdil-yən \

Definition of crocodilian

: any of an order (Crocodylia) of reptiles including the crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gharials, and related extinct forms

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crocodilian adjective

Examples of crocodilian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That would require ancient crocodilians like thalattosuchians to stay close to land, where nests could be built. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Like Dolphins and Whales, Ancient Crocodiles Evolved to Spend Their Time at Sea," 22 Apr. 2020 One group of marine reptiles called thalattosuchians, which are now-extinct, Jurassic-era relatives of modern crocodilians, left behind a detailed fossil record. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Like Dolphins and Whales, Ancient Crocodiles Evolved to Spend Their Time at Sea," 22 Apr. 2020 More of Nature's Giants Purussaurus was a gargantuan crocodilian that lived in the same area and within the same time period as S. geographicus. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Prehistoric Mega Turtle Was a Big Boy," 17 Feb. 2020 Even though Illinois has outlawed keeping crocodilians as pets for more than a decade, Chance is just one of many CHS has had to deal with this year alone, says its president Rich Crowley. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?," 7 Oct. 2019 This creature attained a length of at least 20 feet and is distantly related to crocodilians. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 Different reef-building creatures began to take hold, and lush vegetation covered the land, setting the stage for a group of reptiles called the archosaurs: the forerunners of birds, crocodilians, pterosaurs, and the nonavian dinosaurs. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What are mass extinctions, and what causes them?," 30 Sep. 2019 In addition to 48 bird genomes, the researchers sequenced three crocodilian genomes to pinpoint early descendent relationships. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "The Bird Family Tree Gets a Makeover," 1 Apr. 2015 Euparkeria is an ancient precursor of both crocodilians and dinosaurs. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of crocodilian

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Crocodilian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crocodilian. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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