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  • n. a reptile or amphibian

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of herpetology.


Back-formation from herpetology, or via simplification of herptile. (Wiktionary)



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  • Wings allow birds to avoid massive road mortality that culls the urban herd of mammals and herps.
    John M. Marzluff, Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2014), p. 170

    February 14, 2016