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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 ?
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.
He could smell a crocodile farther off and more differentiatingly than could any man, than could even a salt-water black or a bushman smell one.
When they have passed, comes the last figure of all, a gigantic crocodile.
And one day when we was in Outland, oo know--before we came to Fairyland me and Sylvie took him a big Crocodile.
When Tarzan of the Apes realized that he was in the grip of the great jaws of a crocodile he did not, as an ordinary man might have done, give up all hope and resign himself to his fate.
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.
Joan cried in a low voice, pointing across the narrow stream to a slack eddy where a huge crocodile drifted like a log awash.
He found a serpent in the upper branches of the tree, and again being greatly alarmed, he threw himself into the river, where a crocodile caught him and ate him.
The river horse, which lives only on grass and branches of trees, is satisfied with killing the men, but the crocodile being more voracious, feeds upon the carcases.
he gave one last thought to his master; and began to struggle with all the energy of despair, feeling himself the while drawn along, but not toward the bottom of the lake, as is the habit of the crocodile when about to devour its prey, but toward the surface.
Instead a lusty cry for greater speed ahead urged the sinuous muscles gliding beneath the sleek brown hides; and when Muda Saffir rose to the surface with a cry for help upon his lips Ninaka shouted back to him in derision, consigning his carcass to the belly of the nearest crocodile.
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.