crocodilian

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English[edit]

A crocodilian, Alligator sinensis

Etymology[edit]

From crocodile +‎ -ian; compare Translingual Crocodilia.

Noun[edit]

crocodilian (plural crocodilians)

  1. Any reptile of the order Crocodilia; a crocodile, alligator, caiman or gavial.
    • 1989, Walter P. Coombs, Jr., Modern analogs for dinosaur nesting and parental behavior, James Orville Farlow (editor), Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs, Issue 238, page 47,
      Mound-nesting crocodilians and megapodes appear to be indifferent to nest-site parameters, but susceptibility of crocodilian mound nests to predation or drowning may be altered by site selection.
    • 2001, F. Lynne Bachleda, Dangerous Wildlife in the Southeast, page 33,
      Superb predators, the crocodilians are reptiles, and the only survivors of the archosaurs that included dinosaurs.
    • 2001, Patricia Pope Bartlett, Billy Griswold, Richard D. Bartlett, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates: An Identification and Care Guide, page 191,
      Crocodilians are essentially lizard-like in basic shape and are adapted to a largely aquatic life. ln water, they hunt and eat their prey and advertise their size and location by bellowing.