Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various reptiles of the order Crocodylia, which includes the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a crocodile.
  • adj. Belonging to the order Crocodylia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reptile resembling a crocodile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like, or pertaining to, the crocodile; characteristic of the crocodile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of the crocodile; hence, in allusion to crocodile tears, hypocritical. See crocodile, a.
  • n. A crocodile; one of the Crocodilia.
  • n. Also, improperly, spelled crocodilean.

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

  • n. extant archosaurian reptile

Etymologies

crocodile +‎ -ian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Trilophosuchus rackhami gen. et sp. nov., a new crocodilian from the early Miocene limestones of Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Which is unfortunate, since every time the word crocodilian came up he gave out a little cheer.

    shaken & stirred

  • Unsustainable hunting and habitat destruction brought this large American crocodilian to the brink of extinction by the middle of the last century.

    David Mizejewski: Fuel Your Car With Alligator Fat?

  • Did a crocodilian Deukalion and Pyrrha somehow escape the cataclysm and repopulate the terrestrial marshlands?

    Stromata Blog:

  • But in the words of Torch blogger Mark Collins, a few crocodilian tears spilled by one blogger in particular has necessitated a response.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Seeing as most "progessives", yourself included, do not want the CF to be fighting at all in Afstan, I see the reaction as strictly crocodilian.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The French luxury powerhouse is buying Heng Long International, a Singapore-based business that sources, tans and processes crocodilian leather.

    Overheard

  • An offer document said the purchase will "strategically complement LVMH fashion and leather goods in the procurement of high quality crocodilian skins for the manufacture of premium leather accessories sold and marketed by LVMH Group brands."

    LVMH Snaps Up Crocodile Goods Firm

  • I'm all for culling to control population, especially if it benefits "all" species (human and crocodilian alike) but lets not make a fuss over it like "look what I did" macho BS.

    Young Mother Bags 11-Foot Alligator With a Crossbow in Florida's St.

  • And about a knickknack made from a crocodilian reptile known as a caiman, posed with a pipe in its mouth and an ashtray in its claws.

    Uncle Sam Wants You to Bid on This Fine Weasel Fur Coat

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.