Southern U.S. Informal. alligator.
Also, gater, ’gater.

1835–45, Americanism; shortened form Unabridged
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gator or gater (ˈɡeɪtə)
informal chiefly (US) an alligator
gater or gater

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Example sentences
The alligator breeds early and often and produces dozens of eggs, so when hunting was banned, the gator rebounded.
As the gator grows, it adds larger animals to the menu.
Seafood platters come fried or grilled, and fried gator fillets come with a side of gator sausage.
It's also home to an arcade center and a gator feeding station.
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