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Definitions for reptile
ˈrɛp tɪl, -taɪlrep·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reptile, reptiliannoun

    any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms


  1. reptilenoun

    A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia.

  2. reptilenoun

    A mean or grovelling person.

  3. Etymology: reptil, from reptile, from reptile, neuter of reptilis, from repo, from rep- (Pokorny; Watkins, 1969).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reptileadjective

    Creeping upon many feet. In the following lines reptile is confounded with serpent.

    Etymology: reptile, Lat.

    Cleanse baits from filth, to give a tempting gloss,
    Cherish the sully’d reptile race with moss. John Gay.

  2. Reptilenoun

    An animal that creeps upon many feet.

    Terrestial animals may be divided into quadrupeds or reptiles, which have many feet, and serpents which have no feet. John Locke, Elements of Natural Philosophy.

    Holy retreat! sithence no female hither,
    Conscious of social love and nature’s rites,
    Must dare approach, from the inferior reptile,
    To woman, form divine. Matthew Prior.


  1. Reptile

    Reptile is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. It was released as a single from their 1988 album Starfish, and the songwriting credits are given to all four members of the band. Inspired by a real-life encounter with a reptile, "Reptile" is based around a prominent guitar riff. The song saw moderate commercial success as a single and has become one of the band's most famous songs.


  1. reptile

    A reptile is a type of animal belonging to the class Reptilia, which includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are characterized by their cold-blooded nature, dry scaly skin, and typically lay hard-shelled eggs on land. Most reptiles are also known for their ability to regulate their body temperature by absorbing heat from their environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reptileadjective

    creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs

  2. Reptileadjective

    hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew; reptile vices

  3. Reptilenoun

    an animal that crawls, or moves on its belly, as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards, and the like

  4. Reptilenoun

    one of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia

  5. Reptilenoun

    a groveling or very mean person

  6. Etymology: [F. reptile, L. reptilis, fr. repere, reptum, to creep; cf. Lith. reploti; perh. akin to L. serpere. Cf. Serpent.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reptile

    rep′tīl, adj. moving or crawling on the belly or with very short legs: grovelling: low.—n. an animal that moves or crawls on its belly or with short legs: an oviparous quadruped: one of the class of Reptil′ia (n.pl.) occupying a central position in the Vertebrate series, beneath them Amphibians and Fishes, above them Birds and Mammals: a grovelling, low person.—adjs. Reptil′ian, belonging to reptiles; Reptilif′erous, producing reptiles; Reptil′iform, related to reptiles; Reptil′ious, like a reptile.—n. Reptil′ium, a place where reptiles are kept.—adjs. Reptiliv′orous, feeding upon reptiles; Rep′tiloid, reptile form.—Reptilian age (geol.), the Mesozoic age, during which reptiles attained great development. [Fr.,—L. reptilisrepĕre, to creep.]

Editors Contribution

  1. reptile

    A type of animal.

    Types of reptiles include lizards, snakes and crocodiles.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2017  

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  1. Peltier

  2. perlite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reptile in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reptile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of reptile in a Sentence

  1. Sterling Nesbitt:

    There's such a huge gap in our understanding around the time when the common ancestor of birds and crocodilians was alive — there isn't a lot out there in the fossil record from that part of the reptile family tree.

  2. Kristine Bohmann:

    In just 40 samples, we detected 49 species spanning mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish, in the Rainforest House( at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark) we even detected the guppies in the pond, the two-toed sloth and the boa. When sampling air in just one outdoor site, we detected many of the animals with access to an outdoor enclosure in that part of Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, for example kea, ostrich and rhino.

  3. Lucas Legendre:

    The egg belonged to an individual that was at least 23 feet long -- a giant marine reptile.

  4. Irish President Michael Higgins:

    Over the past half century, humanity has witnessed the destruction of 60 % of mammal, bird, fish and reptile populations around the world, we are the first generation to truly comprehend the reality of what we're doing to the natural world, and we may be the last with the chance to avert much of the damage. With this knowledge comes an extraordinary burden of responsibility that we all share.

  5. Richard Crowley:

    Once the species is identified, then a suitable location is found for the reptile.

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