crocodile

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crocodile

any large, tropical, aquatic lizardlike reptile of the order Crocodilia, possessing a four-chambered heart that is unique in reptiles.

crocodile

large aquatic reptile, member of the family Crocodylidae. Includes the Nile (Crocodylus niloticus), the Marsh or Mugger (C. palustris), the Estuarine or Saltwater (C. porosus), the American (C. acutus), New Guinea (C. novaeguineae) and the West African (Osteolaemus tetraspis) crocodile. Crocodile and alligator farms are now an established means of producing hides for commerce.
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Paul's on the lid, and the crocodile book, when Peggotty, after looking at me several times, and opening her mouth as if she were going to speak, without doing it - which I thought was merely gaping, or I should have been rather alarmed - said coaxingly:
Not of crocodiles," Hook corrected him, "but of that one crocodile.
Instead a lusty cry for greater speed ahead urged the sinuous muscles gliding beneath the sleek brown hides; and when Muda Saffir rose to the surface with a cry for help upon his lips Ninaka shouted back to him in derision, consigning his carcass to the belly of the nearest crocodile.
He knew more of the language of crocodiles than did any man.
And another time, when the circus came to Puddleby, the crocodile who had a bad tooth- ache escaped at night and came into the Doctor's garden.
How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale!
And one day when we was in Outland, oo know--before we came to Fairyland me and Sylvie took him a big Crocodile.
It was a twenty-four-foot crocodile, cased in what looked like treble-riveted boiler-plate, studded and keeled and crested; the yellow points of his upper teeth just overhanging his beautifully fluted lower jaw.
There is hardly such a thing as a true crocodile in South America.
The magistrate who had reminded Gringoire of a crocodile rose,--
Now and then the river's surface would be suddenly broken ahead of them by a huge crocodile, startled by the splashing of the oars, or, snorting and blowing, a family of hippos would dive from a sandy bar to the cool, safe depths of the bottom.
He found a serpent in the upper branches of the tree, and again being greatly alarmed, he threw himself into the river, where a crocodile caught him and ate him.