gavial

noun
ga·​vi·​al | \ ˈgā-vē-əl How to pronounce gavial (audio) \

Definition of gavial

First Known Use of gavial

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gavial

French, modification of Bengali ghãṛiyal or Hindi ghaṛyal — more at gharial

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“Gavial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gavial. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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