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gavial

[gey-vee-uh l] /ˈgeɪ vi əl/
noun
1.
a large crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, of India and Pakistan, having elongated, garlike jaws: an endangered species.
Also called gharial.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < French < Hindi ghariyāl
Related forms
gavialoid, adjective
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gavial

/ˈɡeɪvɪəl/
noun
1.
a large fish-eating Indian crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, with a very long slender snout: family Gavialidae
2.
false gavial, a SE Asian crocodile, Tomistoma schlegeli, similar to but smaller than the gavial
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Hindi ghariyāl
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gavial

(Gavialis gangeticus), an exceptionally long and narrow-snouted crocodilian classified as the sole species in the separate family Gavialidae (order Crocodilia). The gavial inhabits the rivers of northern India and Nepal. Like other crocodilians, it reproduces by means of hard-shelled eggs laid in nests built by the female. It is distinguished by its long, very slender, and sharp-toothed jaws, which it sweeps sideways in order to catch fish, its main prey. The gavial normally attains a length of about 4-5 metres (12-15 feet). It does not attack humans but apparently does feed on corpses set afloat in funeral ceremonies on the Ganges River.

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