ga·​tor ˈgā-tər How to pronounce gator (audio)

Examples of gator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the gator had attracted some unwanted attention. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 13 May 2024 Henney and Wally were visiting friends in Brunswick when someone took the gator from his pen in the early morning hours of April 21, the Wallygator Facebook page posted on Saturday. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 3 May 2024 Time on the water — fishing, boating, paddling, gaping at gators and birds — is a constant theme in southern Louisiana, while serendipity and the celebration of food hover in the background. Robert N. Jenkins, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Thousands sign Albert the alligator petition Cavallaro's neighbors and thousands of strangers have shown support for his plight, with more than 128,000 people signing an online petition on for the man and his gator to be reunited. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 At the end of the tram tour, people walk a short distance back to see a gator hangout that King pointed out or walk along the Bobcat Boardwalk or a trail through a hammock near the Visitors Center. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The gigantic gators measure more than 13 feet long and tilt the scales at over 1,000 pounds. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 25 Jan. 2024 Rare type of alligator The renowned zoo has 10 American alligators, and Thibodaux is a rare leucistic gator, which have translucent white skin and deep blue eyes, according to the Audubon Nature Institute. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 The department did not say where the alligator may have come from, but noted to local station ABC7 that the large gator would be transported to safer waters. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gator was in 1844

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“Gator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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