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 Horse’s manes and reptilian scales are among other details that helped inform her overall design. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Kincaid is sought out for intricate designs, from blue reptilian extensions to lava lamp tips accented with the cutest teddy bear decals. Michella Oré, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 On Wednesday, Watt (the human) retweeted a KPRC 2 article on his reptilian counterpart's return to the wild along with a personal message for the turtle. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 14 May 2021 While there aren’t any dolphins to be found in this woodland oasis, Conservation Park offers unrivaled opportunity to spot some of Florida’s reptilian residents, ranging from pygmy rattlesnakes to alligators. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 His sneering portrayal of Shang Tsung was so memorable, the games once again retrofitted his reptilian sliminess to match that performance. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Will Ariana or Miley show up with a reptilian pet of their own? Emma Specter, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2020 Here are even more reasons why the reptilian rocker is McCartney. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 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, 15 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mics can’t handle it… When a woman does it, guys’ reptilian brains go, ‘Mama’s mad at me’ or something. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Dec. 2019 Found in southern Germany, the 150 million-year-old Archaeopteryx fossil combined reptilian and avian features. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2019

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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 8 Dec. 2021.

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