Nile bird
Crocodile Croc"o*dile (kr[o^]k"[-o]*d[imac]l; 277), n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko`deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. {Cookatrice}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A large reptile of the genus {Crocodilus}, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or eighteen feet, and inhabit the large rivers of Africa, Asia, and America. The eggs, laid in the sand, are hatched by the sun's heat. The best known species is that of the Nile ({Crocodilus vulgaris}, or {Crocodilus Niloticus}). The Florida crocodile ({Crocodilus Americanus}) is much less common than the alligator and has longer jaws. The name is also sometimes applied to the species of other related genera, as the gavial and the alligator. [1913 Webster]

2. (Logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile. [1913 Webster]

{Crocodile bird} (Zo["o]l.), an African plover ({Pluvianus [ae]gypticus}) which alights upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in pursuit of files, etc.; -- called also {Nile bird}. It is the {trochilos} of ancient writers.

{Crocodile tears}, false or affected tears; hypocritical sorrow; -- derived from the fiction of old travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • nile-bird — dial. A local (Berks. and Bucks.) name for the Wryneck, from its cry. Swainson Names Birds 103 …   Useful english dictionary

  • nile bird — noun Usage: usually capitalized N Etymology: from Nile, river in Africa 1. dialect England : wryneck 2. : crocodile bird …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nile — (n[imac]l), n. [L. Nilus, Gr. Nei^los.] The great river of Egypt. [1913 Webster] {Nile bird}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The wryneck. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The crocodile bird. {Nile goose} (Zo[ o]l.), the Egyptian goose. See Note under {Goose}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nile goose — Nile Nile (n[imac]l), n. [L. Nilus, Gr. Nei^los.] The great river of Egypt. [1913 Webster] {Nile bird}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The wryneck. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The crocodile bird. {Nile goose} (Zo[ o]l.), the Egyptian goose. See Note under {Goose}, 2. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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