from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the type genus of the Cordylidae; they are spiny lizards somewhat resembling tiny crocodiles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the medusoid of Hydromedusæ, an exumbral structure, possibly a modified tentacle, placed between tentacles and consisting of a core of vacuolated endoderm cells covered by flattened ectoderm.

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

  • n. type genus of the Cordylidae; spiny lizards somewhat resembling tiny crocodiles


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  • At present only one animal of the latter kind is known, the so-called cordylus or water-newt; this creature is furnished not with lungs but with gills, but for all that it is a quadruped and fitted for walking on dry land.

    The History of Animals


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