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[French, from Hindi ghaṛiyāl, from Sanskrit ghaṇṭikaḥ, probably from ghaṇṭā, bell (from the bulbous end of its snout).]
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(ˈɡeɪvɪəl) ,




1. (Animals) a large fish-eating Indian crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, with a very long slender snout: family Gavialidae
2. (Animals) false gavial a SE Asian crocodile, Tomistoma schlegeli, similar to but smaller than the gavial
[C19: from French, from Hindi ghariyāl]
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(ˈgeɪ vi əl)

a large crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, of India and Pakistan, having elongated jaws. Also called gharial.
[1815–25; < French < Hindi ghariyāl]
ga′vi•al•oid`, adj.
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Noun1.gavial - large fish-eating Indian crocodilian with a long slender snoutgavial - large fish-eating Indian crocodilian with a long slender snout
crocodilian, crocodilian reptile - extant archosaurian reptile
Gavialis, genus Gavialis - type genus of the Gavialidae
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