Definitions for reptileˈrɛp tɪl, -taɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reptile, reptilian(noun)

    any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms

Wiktionary

  1. reptile(Noun)

    A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia.

  2. reptile(Noun)

    A mean or grovelling person.

  3. Origin: reptil, from reptile, from reptile, neuter of reptilis, from repo, from rep- (Pokorny; Watkins, 1969).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reptile(adj)

    creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs

  2. Reptile(adj)

    hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew; reptile vices

  3. Reptile(noun)

    an animal that crawls, or moves on its belly, as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards, and the like

  4. Reptile(noun)

    one of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia

  5. Reptile(noun)

    a groveling or very mean person

  6. Origin: [F. reptile, L. reptilis, fr. repere, reptum, to creep; cf. Lith. reploti; perh. akin to L. serpere. Cf. Serpent.]

Freebase

  1. Reptile

    Traditionally, reptiles are members of the class Reptilia comprising the amniotes that are neither birds nor mammals. Living reptiles, in that sense, can be distinguished from other tetrapods in that they are "cold-blooded" and bear scutes or scales. The earliest known reptiles originated around 320–310 million years ago during the Carboniferous period, having evolved from advanced reptile-like amphibians that became increasingly adapted to life on dry land. Many groups are extinct, including dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and aquatic groups such as the ichthyosaurs. Modern reptiles inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Several living subgroups are recognized: ⁕Testudines: approximately 330 species ⁕Sphenodontia: 2 species ⁕Squamata: over 9,400 species ⁕Crocodilia: 25 species Although they have scutes on their feet and lay eggs, birds have historically been excluded from the reptiles. They therefore do not appear on the list above. However, as some reptiles are more closely related to birds than they are to other reptiles — crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards — cladistic writers who prefer a more unified grouping usually also include the birds, which include over 10,000 species.

Anagrams of reptile »

  1. Peltier, perlite

  2. Peltier

  3. Perlite


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