American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of caiman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name applied popularly to the alligators of the West Indies and South America, but properly only to Crocodilus or Caiman palpebrosus and C. trigonatus (Cuvier). See alligator.
- n. A gobioid fish, Dormitator maculatus, found in great abundance on both coasts of America. It lives in fresh and brackish water, ranges from South Carolina, through the West Indies, to Pará, Cape San Lucas and Panama, and is much used for food. See
sleeper, 8 .
- n. alternative spelling of caiman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The south America alligator. See alligator.
- n. a semiaquatic reptile of Central and South America that resembles an alligator but has a more heavily armored belly
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