Talk:reptilian

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reptilian[edit]

Rfd-redundant: sense 3 is the same as sense 1. Sense 2 is quite similar as well.... —Internoob 00:17, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

I'd say that there are at least two senses of reptilian bound up in those definitions. One pertains to reptiles themselves: "a reptilian organism", "reptilian egg"; a second sense refers to similarity with reptile characteristics: "Early ancestors of mammals had a reptilian walk," or "His reptilian stare unnerved me." --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:18, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
Sense 3 is definitely redundant, so delete. Maybe sense 1 could go too. I'd say "Early ancestors of mammals had a reptilian walk" is also sense 2, and "His reptilian stare unnerved me." seems more like sense 4. Ungoliant MMDCCLXIV 01:39, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
I would argue that reptilian walk is actually idiomatic, because it refers to a gait that results from having the legs at the side of the body rather than the bottom, much like reptiles do. —CodeCat 02:01, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
I think in this case, it would have been ok to skip the rfd and just merge #1 and #3. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:31, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
Deleted. — Ungoliant (Falai) 04:45, 14 August 2012 (UTC)