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Crocodile

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croc=o=dile

CIDE DICTIONARY

Crocodilen. [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko`deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.].
  •  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]
  •  A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.  [1913 Webster]
Crocodile bird (Zoöl.), an African plover (Pluvianus ægypticus) 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.

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Crocodile, n.
1 a any large tropical amphibious reptile of the order Crocodilia, with thick scaly skin, long tail, and long jaws. b leather from its skin, used to make bags, shoes, etc.
2 Brit. colloq. a line of schoolchildren etc. walking in pairs.

Idiom
crocodile clip a clip with teeth for gripping. crocodile tears insincere grief (from the belief that crocodiles wept while devouring or alluring their prey).
Derivative
crocodilian adj.
Etymology
ME f. OF cocodrille f. med.L cocodrillus f. L crocodilus f. Gk krokodilos f. kroke pebble + drilos worm

ROGET THESAURUS

Crocodile

Evil doer

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Animal

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