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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large aquatic reptiles, chiefly of the genus Crocodylus, native to tropical and subtropical regions and having thick, armorlike skin and long tapering jaws.
  • n. A crocodilian reptile, such as an alligator, caiman, or gavial.
  • n. Leather made from crocodile skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a variety of related predatory amphibious reptiles, related to the alligator.
  • n. A long line or procession of people (especially children) walking together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 (Crocodilus vulgaris, or Crocodilus Niloticus). The Florida crocodile (Crocodilus 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.
  • n. A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal of the order Crocodilia, and especially of the family Crocodilidæ (see these words).
  • n. In logic, a sophism of counter-questioning.
  • Like a crocodile, or like something pertaining to a crocodile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

Middle English cocodril, from Old French, from Latin cocodrillus, variant of crocodīlus, from Greek krokodīlos : krokē, pebble + drīlos, circumcised man, worm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cocodrille (modern crocodile), from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος (krokodeilos). The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms. (Wiktionary)

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  • Railroad telegraphers' notation meaning "Not on account of contract". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906. What? we didn't order a crocodile. Who put that in the boxcar?

    January 21, 2013

  • fatal pre-game cleansing ritual

    November 15, 2008

  • *shudders*
    Crocs give me the heebies.
    I'm glad I don't live up North.

    November 10, 2008

  • I'm not sure about the 'sluggish waters' bit. Crocodiles are as adept at swimming around the coast for hundreds of kilometres as they are at lurking in wetland meanders.

    November 10, 2008


  • Five little monkeys
    Swinging from a tree;
    Teasing Uncle Crocodile,
    Merry as can be.
    Swinging high, swinging low,
    Swinging left and right:
    'Dear Uncle Crocodile,
    Come and take a bite!'

    - Laura E. Richards, 'The Monkeys And The Crocodile'.

    November 9, 2008

  • Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.

    May 7, 2008