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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.
References in classic literature ?
"THAT is more reasonable," said the Mugger. "And then?"
The Adjutant had done his very best to describe his feelings after swallowing a seven-pound lump of Wenham Lake ice, off an American ice-ship, in the days before Calcutta made her ice by machinery; but as he did not know what ice was, and as the Mugger and the Jackal knew rather less, the tale missed fire.
"Anything," said the Mugger, shutting his left eye again-- "ANYTHING is possible that comes out of a boat thrice the size of Mugger-Ghaut.
It clanked away into the dark again; but the Mugger and the Jackal were so well used to it that they never turned their heads.
There was nothing strange in the building of the bridge," said the Mugger.
But the Mugger had only looked up at the thing from below, where the brass dome seemed rather like a bullock"s hump.
"M--yes, a new kind of bullock," the Mugger repeated ponderously, to make himself quite sure in his own mind; and "Certainly it is a bullock," said the Jackal.
"And again it might be " began the Mugger pettishly.
"What?" said the Mugger angrily, for he could feel that the others knew more than he did.
"You do not know the English as I do," said the Mugger. "There was a white-face here when the bridge was built, and he would take a boat in the evenings and shuffle with his feet on the bottom-boards, and whisper: "Is he here?
"They said enough to make me, the Mugger of Mugger-Ghaut, leave water and take to my feet.
"What food on the way?" said the Jackal, who kept his soul in his little stomach, and was not a bit impressed by the Mugger"s land travels.