What does crocodile mean?

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ˈkrɒk əˌdaɪlcrocodile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crocodile(noun)

    large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates; of sluggish tropical waters


  1. crocodile(Noun)

    Any of a variety of related predatory amphibious reptiles, related to the alligator.

    Etymology: From cocodrille (modern crocodile), from cocodrillus, from crocodilus, from κροκόδειλος. The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.

  2. crocodile(Noun)

    A long line or procession of people (especially children) walking together.

    Etymology: From cocodrille (modern crocodile), from cocodrillus, from crocodilus, from κροκόδειλος. The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crocodile(noun)

    a large reptile of the genus Crocodilus, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or eighteen feet, and inhabit the large rivers of Africa, Asia, and America. The eggs, laid in the sand, are hatched by the sun's heat. The best known species is that of the Nile (C. vulgaris, or C. Niloticus). The Florida crocodile (C. Americanus) is much less common than the alligator and has longer jaws. The name is also sometimes applied to the species of other related genera, as the gavial and the alligator

    Etymology: [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko`deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.]

  2. Crocodile(noun)

    a fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile

    Etymology: [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko`deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.]


  1. Crocodile

    Crocodiles or true crocodiles are large aquatic tetrapods that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Crocodylinae, in which all its members are considered true crocodiles, is classified as a biological subfamily. A broader sense of the term crocodile, Crocodylidae, that includes the tomistoma, was excluded in this article since new genetic studies reveal the possibility of tomistoma as a close relative of the gharial. This article applies the term crocodile only to the species within the subfamily of Crocodylinae. The term is sometimes used even more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia: which includes all members of Crocodylidae, including the tomistoma, the alligators and caimans and the gharials, and the rest of Crocodylomorpha, which includes all of the prehistoric crocodile relatives and ancestors. Although they appear to be similar to the untrained eye, crocodiles, alligators and the gharial belong to seperate biological families. The gharial having a narrow snout is easier to distinguish, while morphological differences are more difficult to spot in crocodiles and alligators. The most obvious external differences are visible in the head with crocodiles having narrower and longer heads, with a more V-shaped than a U-shaped snout compared to alligators and caimans. Another obvious trait is the upper and lower jaws of the crocodiles are the same width, and teeth in the lower jaw fall along the edge or outside the upper jaw when the mouth is closed; therefore all teeth are visible unlike an alligator; which possesses small depressions in the upper jaw where the lower teeth fit into. Also when the crocodile's mouth is closed, the large fourth tooth in the lower jaw fits into a constriction in the upper jaw. For hard-to-distinguish specimens, the protruding tooth is the most reliable feature to define the family, the species belongs to. Crocodiles have more webbing on the toes of the hind feet and can better tolerate saltwater due to specialized salt glands for filtering out salt, which are present but non-functioning in alligators. Another trait that separates crocodiles from other crocodilians, are the much higher levels of aggression. All reptiles are all scaled diapsids, which are divided into two groups: crocodilians are archosaurs, along with birds and the extinct dinosaurs, while other reptiles are lepidosaurs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crocodile

    krok′o-dīl, n. a genus of large amphibious saurian reptiles, including the crocodile of the Nile, and also the alligators and gavials.—adj. and n. Crocodil′ian.—n. Crocodil′ity, captious arguing.—Crocodile tears, affected tears, hypocritical grief—from the old story that crocodiles (which have large lachrymal glands) shed tears over the hard necessity of killing animals for food. [O. Fr. cocodrille—L. crocodilus—Gr. krokodeilos, a lizard.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crocodile in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crocodile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of crocodile in a Sentence

  1. Federico Fanti:

    The skull itself is as big I am, just the skull is more than five feet long. It’s a massive crocodile.

  2. Steve Irwin:

    No matter the circumstances are that you lose someone, nobody’s truly prepared, steve’s accident was so unexpected, it was extremely challenging. The Irwins married in 1991, just eight months after meeting and falling madly in love. The couple enjoyed a 14-year marriage and had two children, daughter Bindi and son Robert. After the Crocodile Hunter's freak accident, which led to his death, Terri Irwin said one of the ways Terri Irwin family learned to cope was through a daily conversation. Steve and Terri Irwin pose with a crocodile in 2002. ( Reuters).

  3. Jonas Wahlstrom:

    There are very few of them left, maybe 100, and now they have 10 more, they are the most beautiful and rarest crocodile species, and also the most aggressive.

  4. Danie Pienaar:

    It had him in his mouth and was swimming in the water with him, it was in the public area ... we also don't know if there is anything wrong with the crocodile.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.

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