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 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, "What Did Pterosaurs Eat? Look Very Closely at Their Teeth," 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, "Researchers Discover Secret Breeding Ground of World’s Most Endangered Crocodile," 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, "Climate change created today’s large crocodiles," 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, "Australian 'genital-breathing' turtle faces extinction, group says," 12 Apr. 2018 The pygmy marmosets are deeply adorable, and the snippy gharials would make excellent Muppets. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 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, "A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles," 12 Mar. 2018 The gharials eat mainly fish, and not humans, perhaps only because their mouths aren’t wide enough. The New Yorker, "Visiting the Bronx Zoo’s Endangered Reptiles," 15 May 2017 To date, Whitaker and his team have radio-tagged more than 50 gharials to monitor their breeding, nesting, and migratory patterns. National Geographic, "The Unconventional Life of India's Snake Man," 28 Dec. 2016

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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 8 May. 2021.

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