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reptilian

[rep-til-ee-uh n, -til-yuh n] /rɛpˈtɪl i ən, -ˈtɪl yən/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Reptilia.
2.
groveling, debased, or despicable; contemptible.
3.
mean; treacherous; harmful.
noun
4.
a reptile.
Origin of reptilian
1840-1850
1840-50; < New Latin Reptili(a) reptiles (plural of rēptile, neuter of Late Latin rēptilis; see reptile) + -an
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reptilian

/rɛpˈtɪlɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of reptiles
2.
mean or treacherous; contemptible: reptilian behaviour
noun
3.
a less common name for reptile
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Word Origin and History for reptilian
adj.

1846, from reptile + -ian. Transferred meaning "malignant, cold, underhanded" is from 1859.

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reptilian
  (rěp-tĭl'ē-ən)   
Relating to or characteristic of reptiles.
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