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crocodile


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crocodile  \Croc"o*dile\  (kr?k"?-d?l;  277),  n.  [L.  crocodilus, 
  Gr  ?????:  cf  F.  crocodile.  Cf  {Cookatrice}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  large  reptile  of  the  genus  {Crocodilus},  of 
  several  species.  They  grow  to  the  length  of  sixteen  or 
  eighteen  feet,  and  inhabit  the  large  rivers  of  Africa, 
  Asia,  and  America.  The  eggs,  laid  in  the  sand,  are  hatched 
  by  the  sun's  heat.  The  best  known  species  is  that  of  the 
  Nile  ({C.  vulgaris},  or  {C.  Niloticus}).  The  Florida 
  crocodile  ({C.  Americanus})  is  much  less  common  than  the 
  alligator  and  has  longer  jaws.  The  name  is  also  sometimes 
  applied  to  the  species  of  other  related  genera,  as  the 
  gavial  and  the  alligator. 
 
  2.  (Logic)  A  fallacious  dilemma,  mythically  supposed  to  have 
  been  first  used  by  a  crocodile. 
 
  {Crocodile  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  African  plover  ({Pluvianus 
  [ae]gypticus})  which  alights  upon  the  crocodile  and 
  devours  its  insect  parasites,  even  entering  its  open  mouth 
  (according  to  reliable  writers)  in  pursuit  of  files,  etc.; 
  --  called  also  {Nile  bird}.  It  is  the  {trochilos}  of 
  ancient  writers. 
 
  {Crocodile  tears},  false  or  affected  tears;  hypocritical 
  sorrow;  --  derived  from  the  fiction  of  old  travelers,  that 
  crocodiles  shed  tears  over  their  prey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crocodile 
  n  :  large  voracious  aquatic  reptile  having  a  long  snout  with 
  massive  jaws  and  a  body  covered  with  bony  plates;  of 
  sluggish  tropical  waters 




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