Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or relating to reptiles.
  • adjective Resembling or characteristic of a reptile.
  • adjective Despicable; treacherous.
  • noun A reptile.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the Reptilia, in any sense; resembling or like a reptile.
  • noun Any member of the Reptilia; a reptile.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Reptilia; a reptile.
  • adjective Belonging to the reptiles.
  • adjective (Geol.) that part of geological time comprising the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and distinguished as that era in which the class of reptiles attained its highest expansion; -- called also the Secondary or Mezozoic age.

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

  • adjective Reptile-like.
  • adjective Of or referring to reptiles.
  • adjective Treacherous.
  • noun Reptile
  • noun ufology One of a race of extraterrestrial shape-shifters purported to secretly control the world.

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

  • noun any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms
  • adjective of or relating to the class Reptilia

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From New Latin Reptilia +‎ -an.

Examples

  • It's part of what we call the reptilian core of the brain, associated with wanting, with motivation, with focus and with craving.

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  • It's part of what we call the reptilian core of the brain, associated with wanting, with motivation, with focus and with craving.

    Helen Fisher studies the brain in love

  • It's part of what we call the reptilian core of the brain, associated with wanting, with motivation, with focus and with craving.

    Helen Fisher studies the brain in love

  • The oldest, which he calls the reptilian brain, controls aggression and passionate impulsiveness.

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  • One pays according to an iron schedule -- for every strength the balanced weakness; for every high a corresponding low; for every fictitious god-like moment an equivalent time in reptilian slime.

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  • Lawyers for Mohamed Al Fayed have failed in a bid to summons a seven foot tall blood-drinking reptilian from the star system Alpha Draconis to court to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Al Fayed's son Dodi and Diana Princess of Wales.

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  • Lawyers for Mohamed Al Fayed have failed in a bid to summons a seven foot tall blood-drinking reptilian from the star system Alpha Draconis to court to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Al Fayed's son Dodi and Diana Princess of Wales.

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  • We retain reptilian reflexes deep in our minds (fight or flight) while the more complex structuring of knowledge (how to do statistics) is layered over those primitive networks.

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  • a corresponding low; for every fictitious god-like moment an equivalent time in reptilian slime.

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  • It comes from the most primitive part of what evolutionary psychologists call the reptilian brain, the part of the brain that governs instincts, heartbeat and breathing.

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