crocodile

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English[edit]

Nile crocodiles
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cocodril (modern crocodile), from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος (krokódeilos). The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.

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crocodile (plural crocodiles)

  1. Any of the predatory amphibious reptiles of the family Crocodylidae; (loosely) a crocodilian, any species of the order Crocodilia, which also includes the alligators, caimans and gavials.
    • 2005, Mwelwa Musambachime, Basic Facts on Zambia, page 97,
      Industrial and rural expansion is shrinking and destroying the Nile crocodile's natural habitat. The Nile crocodiles, in particular, have been a source of highly durable leather for a variety of products which can be crafted and manufactured.
    • 2008, Walkter B. Wood, Chapter 16: Forensic Identification in Fatal Crocodile Attacks, Marc Oxenham (editor), Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse, page 244,
      Two species of crocodile inhabit Australian waterways: (a) the saltwater CrocodileCrocodylus porosus, and (b) the freshwater crocodileCrocodylus johnstoni.
    • 2011, Sam Thaker, The Crocodile's Teeth, page 31,
      One contained some brightly-coloured tropical birds, one a python and the other a large and very lively crocodile.
      I told the customer that the boxes containing the crocodile and the python were not packed to my satisfaction, as there were not enough nails securing them.
  2. A long line or procession of people (especially children) walking together.
    • 1939, George Orwell, Coming Up for Air, part 2, chapter 8
      Sometimes the kids from the slap-up boys' schools in Eastbourne used to be led round in crocodiles to hand out fags and peppermint creams to the 'wounded Tommies', as they called us.
  3. (logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.
    • Maria Edgeworth
      We have seen syllogisms, crocodiles, enthymemas, sorites, &c. explained and tried upon a boy of nine or ten years old in playful conversation []

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  • (predatory amphibious reptile): croc (informal)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French cocodril, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Classical Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος (krokódeilos). The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.

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crocodile m (plural crocodiles)

  1. crocodile

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cocodril, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Classical Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος (krokódeilos). The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.

Noun[edit]

crocodile f (plural crocodiles)

  1. crocodile