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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The crocodile passes, but soon the boys appear again, for the procession must continue indefinitely until one of the parties stops or changes its pace.
Peter flung my arm," he said, wincing, "to a crocodile that happened to be passing by.
Smee," he said huskily, "that crocodile would have had me before this, but by a lucky chance it swallowed a clock which goes tick tick inside it, and so before it can reach me I hear the tick and bolt.
For several minutes the two lay thus, and then a sudden convulsion of the giant carcass at the man's side, a tremor, and a stiffening brought Tarzan to his knees beside the crocodile.
He realized that he was in the creature's hidden nest far under the bank of the stream, and that doubtless the only means of ingress or egress lay through the submerged opening through which the crocodile had brought him.
The leg which had been held within the jaws of the crocodile was badly lacerated, but the bone had not been broken, nor were the muscles or tendons sufficiently injured to render it useless.
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:
It isn't an alligator," said the Doctor--"it's a crocodile.
A dozen of the Binu women were out, and the foremost one stepped right on a big crocodile.
A bailiff banded the dead leaf to the crocodile, who made a doleful shake of the head, and passed it on to the president, who gave it to the procurator of the king in the ecclesiastical court, and thus it made the circuit of the hail.
Ms Enoch has reminded the public about the dangers of feeding crocodiles in the wild and leaving fish scraps at boat ramps.
Sixteen additional crocodile farms have been approved under an international conservation treaty to export Siamese crocodiles, bringing the total number of recognised farms in Cambodia to 21, according to a government official.