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.
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- 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.