Meaning of CROCODILE in English


I. ˈkräkəˌdīl noun

( -s ; see sense 1 )

Etymology: alteration (influenced by Latin crocodilus ) of Middle English cocodrille, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, alteration of Latin crocodilus, corcodillus, from Greek krokodeilos, krokodilos, alteration of (assumed) krokodrilos, from krokē pebble + drilos worm; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble — more at sugar

1. plural sometimes crocodile

a. : any of several large thick-skinned long-bodied aquatic reptiles of tropical and subtropical waters constituting Crocodylus and one or two closely related genera and including certain voracious forms (as the Nile crocodile [ C. niloticus ] or the very large estuarine crocodile [ C. porosus ] of eastern Asia and the Pacific islands) that do not hesitate to attack man

b. : a reptile of the order Loricata — see alligator

c. : crocodiles' skin tanned for use in manufacturing (as of handbags, shoes, luggage, and belts)

2. archaic : one who hypocritically affects sorrow — compare crocodile tears

3. chiefly Britain : a number of persons moving in a long file ; especially : the file formed by the members of a school out for a walk

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II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

of paints : alligator

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