Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various reptiles of the order Crocodylia (or Crocodilia), which includes the alligators, the crocodiles, the caimans, and the gharial.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or resembling the members of this order.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a crocodile.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Like, or pertaining to, the crocodile; characteristic of the crocodile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A reptile resembling a crocodile.

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

  • noun extant archosaurian reptile

Etymologies

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crocodile +‎ -ian

Examples

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

    The small, recently extinct, island-dwelling crocodilians of the south Pacific

  • 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.

    Archive 2003-04-01

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

    shaken & stirred

  • 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

  • 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?

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

    Overheard

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

    Stromata Blog

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

    Stromata Blog:

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