reptilian

adjective
rep·​til·​ian | \ rep-ˈti-lē-ən How to pronounce reptilian (audio) , -ˈtil-yən \

Definition of reptilian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling or having the characteristics of the reptiles
2 : of or relating to the reptiles
3 : cold-bloodedly treacherous a reptilian villain— Theodore Dreiser

reptilian

noun

Definition of reptilian (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of reptilian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Will Ariana or Miley show up with a reptilian pet of their own? Emma Specter, Vogue, "How to Watch The 2020 MTV VMAs," 30 Aug. 2020 Here are even more reasons why the reptilian rocker is McCartney. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer final 3 predictions: Who's under Turtle, Frog, and Night Angel masks, and who will win," 15 May 2020 Although the first giant turtle specimens were identified in 1976 from remains discovered in Venezuela, knowledge of these reptilian giants had stalled due to a lack of full specimens – until now. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fossils of giant, car-sized turtles discovered in South America," 15 Feb. 2020 The reptilian chameleon has a reputation for camouflage that allows it to change its color to blend in with the surroundings to evade predators. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Hungry Chameleon Pizzeria restaurant a master of blended global flavors," 3 Apr. 2020 Robin gets specific and speculates that New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre might be under the reptilian garb. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Season 3 Premiere Recap: Jamie Foxx Guest-Stars as Robot Heads to the Scrap Heap," 3 Feb. 2020 The fastback-ish rear is covered with 33 moving reptilian-scale panels. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR Concept Inspired by 2009 Film Avatar, Scales and All," 7 Jan. 2020 To quote a wise puppet who receives far less umbrage than his less reptilian counterparts: Do or do not, there is no try. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "In defense of Star Wars' cuddliest creatures… or why you should show Porgs and Ewoks more love," 28 Nov. 2019 The surface darkens on one side, almost like a cropped view of the moon, or a patch of slightly reptilian skin. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Deep Looking, With Vija Celmins," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 Laurent’s team also found a claustrum in a distant reptilian relative, the Trachemys scripta turtle, leading the researchers to conclude that the brain region predates the evolution of reptiles. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The Australian bearded dragon may hold secrets to human sleep," 12 Feb. 2020 Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019 Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Houston Chronicle, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 24 Dec. 2019 Found in southern Germany, the 150 million-year-old Archaeopteryx fossil combined reptilian and avian features. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 One of the tegu’s fellow reptilian invaders, the Burmese python, has been called a poster-child for invasive species. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Florida fends off its slippery, scaly invaders," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of reptilian

Adjective

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Reptilian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reptilian. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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