What does alligator mean?

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.

ChatGPT

  1. alligator

    An alligator is a large, carnivorous reptile that belongs to the Crocodylia family, consisting of two species: the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. They inhabit freshwater habitats and have physical characteristics like a long, powerful tail, a large, slightly rounded body, strong jaws, and armored skin. They are known for their ability to remain motionless for long periods while waiting for prey.

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.]

Wikidata

  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. Courtney Bayles:

    Our concern always when we respond to an alligator call is what public safety threats are there ? we don't want any harm to come to the alligator, we don't want any harm to come to people.

  2. New River:

    In the case of this specific alligator, plans were in the works to capture and relocate it to a remote location elsewhere on the installation.

  3. Charles Preston:

    That the alligator was recovered from where he [ Satterlee ] was last seen, and that it was that close of a match, I felt comfortable for the family's standard to say yes, this is Mr. Satterlee, yes, we are going to issue a death certificate, and yes, you can begin that process of trying to settle the estate.

  4. Croc Encounters:

    We had an emergency alligator call this morning for this 8 foot 9 in gator, the residents said they found the alligator early this morning and despite their efforts to get him to move he refused to leave. He was not too happy to be evicted from his comfortable, shady spot as he smashed everything in sight upon exiting.

  5. John Moyles:

    We have been working with Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan, and have a plan in place to send the alligator there on Monday.

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