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reptile

(rĕp′tīl′, -tĭl)
n.
Any of various usually cold-blooded egg-laying vertebrates often grouped in the class Reptilia, having dry skin covered with scales or horny plates and breathing by means of lungs, and including the snakes, lizards, crocodilians, and turtles. In some classification systems, birds are considered to be reptiles because they are descended from reptilian dinosaurs.

reptile

any member of the vertebrate class Reptilia, including turtles and tortoises (Chelonia), lizards and snakes (Squamata), crocodiles (Crocodilia), the extinct dinosaurs (Ornithischia, Saurischia), pterodactyls (Pterosauria), plesiosaurs (Plesiosauria), and the ancestors of mammals, the Therapsida. All reptiles are egg-laying and present-day forms are POIKILOTHERMS, though some dinosaurs may have been HOMOIOTHERMS.
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The art of keeping fish and reptiles as domestic pets had not at that time been popularized in England; and Magdalen, on entering the room, started back, in irrepressible astonishment and disgust, from the first specimen of an Aquarium that she had ever seen.
They began to hunt for the reptile and were more composed than I was; they did not seem to be afraid of it.
Shrieking and screaming, the German was dragged from the deck, and the moment the reptile was clear of the boat, it dived beneath the surface of the water with its terrified prey.
Hissing loudly, the huge reptile swept close above the tree in which my plane had lodged, circled twice over me and then flapped away toward the south.
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It didn't look like any beast or reptile to me," spoke up Sinclair.
This work may, indeed, be considered as a great creation of our own; and for a little reptile of a critic to presume to find fault with any of its parts, without knowing the manner in which the whole is connected, and before he comes to the final catastrophe, is a most presumptuous absurdity.
If there is a reptile in the brush, show me the creatur', and should it refuse to depart peaceably, why there must be a quarrel for the possession of the place.
A reptile contemporary has recently sweltered forth his black venom in the vain and hopeless attempt of sullying the fair name of our distinguished and excellent representative, the Honourable Mr.
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Other things, too, there were, not less deadly though seemingly innocuous--dried fungi, traps intended for birds, beasts, fishes, reptiles, and insects; machines which could produce pain of any kind and degree, and the only mercy of which was the power of producing speedy death.