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


(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]


(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
References in classic literature ?
I am no faithless, fish- hunting Gavial, I, at Kasi to-day and Prayag to-morrow, as the saying is, but the true and constant watcher of the ford.
The Gavial, my cousin, the fish-eater, has told me how hard it is for him to follow his fish, and how one fish differs from the other, and how he must know them all, both together and apart.
My village was being builded for the third time, as I remember, when my cousin, the Gavial, brought me word of rich waters above Benares.
But the season I think of, the river was low, smooth, and even, and, as the Gavial had warned me, the dead English came down, touching each other.
'Sindh Ibex, Afghan Urial, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Hog Deer, Indian Wolf, Honey Badger (Ratal), Mugger or Marsh Crocodile, Gharial or Gavial, Smooth Coated Indian Otter, Indus Blind Dolphin, Greater Flamingo and Fresh Water Turtles have been protected,' he added while giving details.
He said that the protected animals were Sindh ibex, Afghan urial (Rs150,000), chinkara, blue bull, hog deer, Indian wolf, honey badger (ratal), mugger or marsh crocodile, gharial or gavial, smooth coated Indian otter, Indus blind dolphin, greater flamingo and fresh water turtles.
It's part of the [pounds sterling]40m zoo Islands project - home to orangutans, macaques and the sunda gavial crocodile, an endangered species with only 2,500 mature individuals in existence.
His Tiger Devouring a Gavial (1831) was well received by an affluent public, and his Lion Crushing a Serpent (1832) earned him the Legion d'honneur in the 1833 Salon.
California, US-based industrial services and manufacturing company Gavial Holdings, Inc.
The exotic islands will be home to animals and plants including the Sunda Gavial crocodile, Sumatran tigers, orangutans and exotic birds.
The Islands project will be linked by a series of bridges and waterways and the development will be home to animals and plants from the region, new species such as banteng wild cattle, and the Sunda Gavial crocodile.
Native to the Indian sub- continent, the gharial, also known as the Gavial or ' fish- eating' crocodile, is considered to be the only true descendant of the ancient crocodilian family that existed around 100 million years ago.