gha·​ri·​al | \ ˈger-ē-əl How to pronounce gharial (audio) \

Definition of gharial

: a large long-snouted crocodilian (Gavialis gangeticus of the family Gavialidae) of India

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Recent Examples on the Web Carnivores also include reptiles like the Burmese python and the gharial, birds like vultures and roseate spoonbills, and some cuter mammals like otters and seals. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 26 May 2022 This group has many extinct members but only one living representative, the Malaysian false gharial. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 June 2021 At top are three extant species: the gharial, which eats fish; the American crocodile, which eats harder invertebrates like snails and crustaceans; and Grey’s monitor lizard, which is an omnivore. Matt Simon, Wired, 28 Oct. 2020 In August, the National Chambal Sanctuary in India announced that over 5,000 hatchling gharials were born in the river over the summer. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 22 Nov. 2019 Crocodylians are the 27 species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials that live all over Earth today, except for in Europe and Antarctica. Pedro L. Godoy, The Conversation, 23 Sep. 2019 Joining them are the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback, and the gharial, a crocodile found in the rivers of Nepal and northern India. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, 12 Apr. 2018 The pygmy marmosets are deeply adorable, and the snippy gharials would make excellent Muppets. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2018 The specimens mostly belonged to extinct crocodilians, which is the supergroup that encompasses both alligators and crocodiles, as well as caimans and gharials. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of gharial

circa 1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gharial

Hindi & Urdu ghaṛyāl, ghaṛiyāl, ultimately from Sanskrit ghaṇṭika crocodilian

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“Gharial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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