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ˈæl ɪˌgeɪ təral·li·ga·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alligator(noun)

    leather made from alligator's hide

  2. alligator, gator(verb)

    either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but with shorter broader snouts

  3. alligator(verb)

    crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes


  1. alligator(v. i. & t.)

    to form shallow cracks in a reticulated pattern on the surface, or in a coating on the surface, of an object.

  2. Origin: [Because of the resemblance to the pattern on the skin of an alligator.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alligator(noun)

    a large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are allied species in South America

  2. Alligator(noun)

    any machine with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator

  3. Alligator(noun)

    a form of squeezer for the puddle ball

  4. Alligator(noun)

    a rock breaker

  5. Alligator(noun)

    a kind of job press, called also alligator press

  6. Origin: [Sp. el lagarto the lizard (el lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L. lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See Lizard.]


  1. Alligator

    An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. There are two living alligator species: the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago. The name alligator is an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for "the lizard", which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alligator

    al′li-gā-tur, n. an animal of the crocodile genus, found in America. [Sp. el lagarto—L. lacerta, a lizard.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Alligator

    a N. American fresh-water crocodile, numerous in the Mississippi and the lakes and rivers of Louisiana and Carolina; subsists on fish, and though timid, is dangerous when attacked; is slow in turning, however, and its attacks can be easily evaded.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alligator

    [from the Spanish lagarto]. The crocodile of America. The head of this voracious animal is flat and imbricate; several of the under teeth enter into and pass through the upper jaw; the nape is naked; on the tail are two rough lateral lines.

Editors Contribution

  1. alligator

    A large reptile of the crocodile family.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alligator in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alligator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of alligator in a Sentence

  1. Rich Crowley:

    The alligator is still very shy.

  2. Jamaican Proverb:

    No call alligator long mouth till you pass him.

  3. Tracy Howell:

    Disney World has a really good alligator program.

  4. Haitian Proverb:

    Do not insult the mother alligator until after you have crossed the river.

  5. Vikrant Parsai:

    Keeping a woman to her word is like trying to hold an alligator by its tail.

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