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croc·o·dile

 (krŏk′ə-dīl′)
n.
1. Any of various large aquatic reptiles of the family Crocodylidae that are native to tropical and subtropical regions and have thick, armorlike skin and long tapering jaws.
2. A crocodilian reptile, such as an alligator, caiman, or gharial.
3. Leather made from crocodile skin.
4. Chiefly British A line of people, especially pupils or choir members, standing two abreast.

[Middle English cocodril, from Old French, from Latin cocodrillus, variant of crocodīlus, from Greek krokodīlos : krokē, pebble + drīlos, circumcised man, worm.]

crocodile

(ˈkrɒkəˌdaɪl)
n
1. (Animals) any large tropical reptile, such as C. niloticus (African crocodile), of the family Crocodylidae: order Crocodilia (crocodilians). They have a broad head, tapering snout, massive jaws, and a thick outer covering of bony plates
2. (Animals) any other reptile of the order Crocodilia; a crocodilian
3. (Tanning)
a. leather made from the skin of any of these animals
b. (as modifier): crocodile shoes.
4. informal Brit a line of people, esp schoolchildren, walking two by two
[C13: via Old French, from Latin crocodīlus, from Greek krokodeilos lizard, ultimately from krokē pebble + drilos worm; referring to its fondness for basking on shingle]

croc•o•dile

(ˈkrɒk əˌdaɪl)

n.
1. any of various narrow-snouted crocodilians of the genus Crocodylus and related genera, found mainly in tropical waters of both hemispheres.
2. any reptile of the order Crocodylia; crocodilian.
3. the tanned skin or hide of these reptiles.
[1250–1300; Middle English cocodrille < Medieval Latin cocodrilus, Latin crocodīlus < Greek krokódeilos crocodile, orig. a kind of lizard, said to be =krók(ē) pebble + -o- -o- + drîlos, dreîlos worm]

croc·o·dile

(krŏk′ə-dīl′)
Any of various large, meat-eating, aquatic reptiles native to tropical and subtropical regions. Crocodiles have longer and slenderer jaws than alligators, and their teeth are visible when they close their jaws.

Crocodile

 a long line of persons or things, c. 1870.
Example: a crocodile of schoolgirls.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crocodile - large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony platescrocodile - large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates; of sluggish tropical waters
crocodilian, crocodilian reptile - extant archosaurian reptile
Crocodilus, Crocodylus, genus Crocodilus, genus Crocodylus - type genus of the Crocodylidae
African crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, Nile crocodile - a dangerous crocodile widely distributed in Africa
Asian crocodile, Crocodylus porosus - estuarine crocodile of eastern Asia and Pacific islands
Morlett's crocodile - a variety of crocodile
Translations
krokodil
تمساحتِمْساحتـِمْسَاح
krokodýl
krokodille
krokodilo
krokotiili
krokodil
krokodil
krókódíll
ワニ
악어
crocodilus
krokodilaskrokodilo ašaros
krokodils
krokodíl
krokodil
krokodil
mamba
จระเข้
крокодил
cá sấu

crocodile

[ˈkrɒkədaɪl]
A. Ncocodrilo m
to walk in a crocodileandar en doble fila
B. CPD crocodile tears NPL (fig) → lágrimas fpl de cocodrilo

crocodile

[ˈkrɒkədaɪl]
n
(= animal) → crocodile m
(= line) [people, vehicles] → rang m par deux
modif [handbag, shoes] → en crocodile, en croco; [skin] → de crocodile crocodile clip, crocodile-infestedcrocodile clip npince f crocodilecrocodile-infested [ˈkrɒkədaɪlɪnfɛstɪd] adjinfesté(e) de crocodilescrocodile tears [ˈkrɒkədaɪltɪərz] npllarmes fpl de crocodile
to shed crocodile tears, to weep crocodile tears → verser des larmes de crocodile

crocodile

n
Krokodil nt
(Brit Sch) to walk in a crocodilezwei und zwei hintereinandergehen; the long crocodile of little girlsder lange Zug kleiner Mädchen, die zwei und zwei hintereinandergehen

crocodile

:
crocodile clip
nKrokodilklemme f
crocodile tears
plKrokodilstränen pl; to shed crocodileKrokodilstränen vergießen

crocodile

[ˈkrɒkədaɪl] ncoccodrillo
to walk in a crocodile (Brit) (fam) → camminare in fila per due

crocodile

(ˈkrokədail) noun
a large reptile found in the rivers of Asia, Africa, South America and northern Australia.
crocodile tears
pretended tears of grief.

crocodile

تـِمْسَاح krokodýl krokodille Krokodil κροκόδιλος cocodrilo krokotiili crocodile krokodil coccodrillo ワニ 악어 krokodil krokodille krokodyl crocodilo крокодил krokodil จระเข้ timsah cá sấu 鳄鱼
References in classic literature ?
He had, doubtless, set his heart upon an elephant; or, possibly, with Hamlet, he meant to eat a crocodile.
they deified the crocodile of the nile, because the crocodile is tongueless; and the Sperm Whale has no tongue, or as least it is so exceedingly small, as to be incapable of protrusion.
Let him be a fugitive slave in a strange land--a land given up to be the hunting- ground for slaveholders--whose inhabitants are legal- ized kidnappers--where he is every moment sub- jected to the terrible liability of being seized upon by his fellowmen, as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey
However, we returned to those monsters, with fresh wakefulness on my part, and we left their eggs in the sand for the sun to hatch; and we ran away from them, and baffled them by constantly turning, which they were unable to do quickly, on account of their unwieldy make; and we went into the water after them, as natives, and put sharp pieces of timber down their throats; and in short we ran the whole crocodile gauntlet.
And another time, when the circus came to Puddleby, the crocodile who had a bad tooth- ache escaped at night and came into the Doctor's garden.
How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale!
Once an unwary crocodile attacked him but the sinuous trunk dove beneath the surface and grasping the amphibian about the middle dragged it to light and hurled it a hundred feet down stream.
And one day when we was in Outland, oo know--before we came to Fairyland me and Sylvie took him a big Crocodile.
These horsemen were a fraction of the watch: the groups were busy portions of the people, to whom a king is always a curious thing, the same as a rhinoceros, a crocodile, or a serpent.
I might have known that he is like the crocodile - always at the other ford.
It was a twenty-four-foot crocodile, cased in what looked like treble-riveted boiler-plate, studded and keeled and crested; the yellow points of his upper teeth just overhanging his beautifully fluted lower jaw.
There is hardly such a thing as a true crocodile in South America.