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[krok-uh-dahyl] /ˈkrɒk əˌdaɪl/
any of several crocodilians of the genus Crocodylus, found in sluggish waters and swamps of the tropics.
any reptile of the order Crocodylia; crocodilian.
the tanned skin or hide of these animals, used in the manufacture of luggage and accessories, as belts, shoes, and wallets.
Chiefly British. a file of people, especially schoolchildren, out for a walk.
Archaic. a person who makes a hypocritical show of sorrow.
Origin of crocodile
1250-1300; < Latin crocodīlus < Greek krokódeilos crocodile, originally a kind of lizard, said to be equivalent to krók(ē) pebble + -o- -o- + drîlos, dreîlos worm (though attested only in sense “penis”), with r lost by dissimilation replacing Middle English cocodrille < Medieval Latin cocodrilus
Related forms
[krok-uh-dil-oid, krok-uh-dahy-loid] /ˌkrɒk əˈdɪl ɔɪd, ˈkrɒk əˌdaɪ lɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crocodile
  • In a panic, she managed to knock out the crocodile and free herself.
  • Among others at risk: wild ginseng, orchids and the crocodile newt.
  • Some of the wildebeests do not make it all the way across the crocodile infested river.
  • He promoted crocodile farming and the harvesting of wild eggs as a way for landowners to profit from having crocs on their land.
  • The crocodile, on the other hand, is uncomfortably close.
  • The crocodile-dotted river cuts away at the river bank.
  • Caterina goes and serves the crocodile dish to the table.
  • Today's pick: a sophisticated yet tough crocodile boot.
  • He imagines being taken underwater in the jaws of a crocodile.
  • To ask for my forgiveness and shed his crocodile tears.
British Dictionary definitions for crocodile


any large tropical reptile, such as C. niloticus (African crocodile), of the family Crocodylidae: order Crocodilia (crocodilians). They have a broad head, tapering snout, massive jaws, and a thick outer covering of bony plates
any other reptile of the order Crocodilia; a crocodilian
  1. leather made from the skin of any of these animals
  2. (as modifier): crocodile shoes
(Brit, informal) a line of people, esp schoolchildren, walking two by two
Word Origin
C13: via Old French, from Latin crocodīlus, from Greek krokodeilos lizard, ultimately from krokē pebble + drilos worm; referring to its fondness for basking on shingle
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Word Origin and History for crocodile

1560s, restored spelling of Middle English cokedrille, kokedrille (c.1300), from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos, word applied by Herodotus to the crocodile of the Nile, apparently due to its basking habits, from kroke "pebbles" + drilos "worm." The crocodile tears story was in English from at least c.1400.

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