Definitions for reptileˈrɛp tɪl, -taɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rep•tileˈrɛp tɪl, -taɪl(n.)

  1. any air-breathing vertebrate of the class Reptilia, characterized by a three-chambered heart, a completely bony skeleton, and a covering of dry scales or horny plates: includes the snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, and various extinct forms.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  2. (loosely) any of various animals that crawl or creep.

  3. a groveling, mean, or despicable person.

  4. (adj.)groveling, mean, or despicable.

Origin of reptile:

1350–1400; ME reptil < LL rēptile, n. use of neut. of rēptilis creeping = L rēp(ere) to creep) +-tilis -tile

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reptile(noun)ˈrɛp tɪl, -taɪl

    an animal that has scales and lays eggs

    the reptiles at the zoo


  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


  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

Translations for reptile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of the group of cold-blooded animals to which snakes, lizards, crocodiles etc belong.

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