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crocodilian

[krok-uh-dil-ee-uh n] /ˌkrɒk əˈdɪl i ən/
noun
1.
any reptile of the order Crocodylia, comprising the true crocodiles and the alligators, caimans, and gavials.
adjective
2.
of, like, or pertaining to a crocodile.
3.
hypocritical; insincere.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; crocodile + -ian
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Examples from the web for crocodilian
  • On examining these marks more closely, they found a crocodilian tooth stuck in one of them.
  • Though decidedly crocodilian in appearance, this primitive land-walker likely sported a big back fin instead of a tail.
  • Another feature of the eyes has contributed to the near-extinction of the species: crocodilian eyes reflect light.
  • His past research has involved crocodilian research and management, wildlife monitoring and population modeling.
  • His major interest was reptile and crocodilian biology, although he was totally involved in all aspects of the wildlife resource.
British Dictionary definitions for crocodilian

crocodilian

/ˌkrɒkəˈdɪlɪən/
noun
1.
any large predatory reptile of the order Crocodilia, which includes the crocodiles, alligators, and caymans. They live in or near water and have a long broad snout, powerful jaws, a four-chambered heart, and socketed teeth
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Crocodilia
3.
of, relating to, or resembling a crocodile
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crocodilian
  (krŏk'ə-dĭl'ē-ən)   
Any of various semiaquatic reptiles of the order Crocodilia, including the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials. Crocodilians are squat, massive, and lizardlike, with long, powerful jaws, long, heavy tails, short legs, and thick, plated skin. Like dinosaurs, crocodilians are archosaurs, and their closest modern relatives are the birds.
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