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Definitions for alligator
ˈæl ɪˌgeɪ təral·li·ga·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alligatornoun

    leather made from alligator's hide

  2. alligator, gatorverb

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

  3. alligatorverb

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

GCIDE

  1. alligatorverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alligatornoun

    The crocodile. This name is chiefly used for the crocodile of America, between which, and that of Africa, naturalists have laid down this difference, that one moves the upper, and the other the lower jaw; but this is now known to be chimerical, the lower jaw being equally moved by both. See Crocodile.

    In his needy shop a tortoise hung,
    An alligator stuff’d, and other skins
    Of ill-shap’d fishes. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Aloft in rows large poppy-heads were strung,
    And here a scaly alligator hung. Samuel Garth, Dispensary.

Wikipedia

  1. Alligator

    An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). Additionally, 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 probably an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for "the lizard", which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alligatornoun

    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. Alligatornoun

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

  3. Alligatornoun

    a form of squeezer for the puddle ball

  4. Alligatornoun

    a rock breaker

  5. Alligatornoun

    a kind of job press, called also alligator press

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

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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. Brian Wood:

    Brian Wood holds an alligator head as he wears a mask made from an invasive Florida python snake in his workshop in Dania, Fla on April 8. (Charles Trainor, Jr./Miami Herald via AP) CROCODILES FLOOD MEXICAN BEACH CLOSED TO TOURISTS BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS A 10-foot snake could make as many as 10 masks, according to Wood. People are telling me they want to buy 5, 12 of these masks, so Ill definitely be buying snakes from local hunters.

  2. Rich Crowley:

    The alligator is still very shy.

  3. David Sheen:

    It's an iconic species and conservation success story. But in short, there's nothing unusual about this alligator or the video.

  4. Tracy Howell:

    If we're moving them live, we have cages that we put them in, you would never even know we were moving an alligator down the highway.

  5. Ron Gorecki:

    Basically what they're trying to say is that we're taking our cats and feeding them to our alligator, that's not what happened. There's never been a complaint, never been a problem.

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