Definitions

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

  • noun A crocodilian reptile (Gavialis gangeticus) of South Asian rivers, having a long slender snout that in mature males has a bulbous growth at the tip.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See gharrial.

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  • noun gavial

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Examples

  • Like the south Pacific mekosuchines, the Murua gharial was again fairly small, at 2-3 m long.

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  • Like the south Pacific mekosuchines, the Murua gharial was again fairly small, at 2-3 m long.

    Even more recently extinct, island dwelling crocodilians

  • In the water itself are some unusual fish-eating crocodiles, called gharial, playful smooth-coated otters, and if you're lucky, you may see Gangetic dolphin, a freshwater mammal that chomps on fish and crustaceans.

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  • Dr Emily Rayfield at the University of Bristol used computer modelling techniques – more commonly used to discover how a car bonnet buckles during a crash – to show that while Baryonyx was eating, its skull bent and stretched in the same way as the skull of the Indian fish-eating gharial – a crocodile with long, narrow jaws.

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  • T.M. Maskey has studied the survival and dispersal of gharial released in the Narayani River.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • Reintroduction of gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) in Nepal.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • Padampur Panchayat, located immediately to the south of the Rapti River, is a heavily populated area as well as providing some of the last remaining habitat for tiger, rhinoceros, and gharial.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • The Aberdeen University Expedition to Nepal in 1980 surveyed fish resources in the Narayani River system with respect to the endangered gharial population.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • Chitwan supports the world's second largest population of Indian rhinoceros and is also an important refuge for tiger and gharial.

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  • Other notable reptiles are mugger Crocodylus palustris (V) (declining from at least 200 in 1978 to 70 in 1986/1988), gharial Gavialis gangeticus (E), Indian starred tortoise Geochelone elongata and monitor lizards Varanus spp.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

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  • A sort of a sub-Indian crocodiliac.

    August 15, 2008

  • The look was gharial,

    Might have been malarial,

    For all I care-ial.

    It was truly scare-ial.

    August 15, 2008

  • ""I'll see a lion, a tiger, a jackal. I'll be attacked by a naja cobra, and a gharial. I'll rescue a child from the claws of a condor."

    My Beautiful Bus by Jacques Jouet, translated by Eric Lamb, p 83

    May 23, 2013