crocodile
noun Etymology: Middle English & Latin; Middle English cocodrille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, alteration of Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos lizard, crocodile, from krokē shingle, pebble + drilos worm; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble Date: 1555 1. a. any of several large carnivorous thick-skinned long-bodied aquatic reptiles (family Crocodylidae) of tropical and subtropical waters; broadly crocodilian b. the skin or hide of a crocodile 2. chiefly British a line of people (as schoolchildren) usually walking in pairs

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  • CROCODILE — (Heb. תַּנִּיך or תַּנִּים), the largest surviving reptile, with a length of as much as 23 feet (7 m.) or more. The tannim or tannin of the Bible refers to the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) and also to gigantic mythological animals said… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crocodile — CROCODILE. s. m. Espece d animal amphibie à quatre pieds, de la figure d un lezard, mais beaucoup plus grand, couvert d escailles, qui se trouve ordinairement dans le Nil, dans le Gange, & dans plusieurs autres fleuves. Grand crocodile. la peau d …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • crocodile — CROCODILE. s. m. Animal amphibie à quatre pieds, couvert d écailles, de la figure d un lézard. Il y a des crocodiles dans le Nil, dans le Gange, et dans plusieurs autres fleuves. Grand crocodile. La peau d un crocodile. Des oeufs de crocodile.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • crocodile — 1560s, restored spelling of M.E. cokedrille, kokedrille (c.1300), from M.L. cocodrillus, from L. crocodilus, from Gk. krokodilos, word applied by Herodotus to the crocodile of the Nile, apparently due to its basking habits, from kroke pebbles +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • crocodile — [kräk′ə dīl΄] n. [ME cocodril < OFr cocodrille < ML cocodrillus, altered < L crocodilus < Gr krokodilos, lizard (hence, “lizard of the Nile,” crocodile) < * krokodrilos < krokē, pebble, gravel (? akin to Sans sa̍rkarā, SUGAR) +… …   English World dictionary

  • crocodile — ► NOUN 1) a large predatory semiaquatic reptile with long jaws, long tail, short legs, and a horny textured skin. 2) leather made from crocodile skin. 3) Brit. informal a line of schoolchildren walking in pairs. ORIGIN Old French cocodrille, from …   English terms dictionary

  • crocodile — CROCODILE: Imite le cri des enfants pour attirer l homme …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • Crocodile — LIMPOPO …   English World dictionary

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