An alligator at rest.
Reggie is an example of a famous alligator from the Los Angeles Zoo.
nounpl. -·tors or -·tor
- any of a genus (Alligator) of large crocodilian reptiles found in tropical rivers and marshes of the U.S. and China: its snout is shorter and blunter than the crocodile's, and its teeth do not protrude outside its closed mouth
- a scaly leather made from an alligator's hide
- a machine, tool, etc. with a strong, movable, often toothed jaw
Origin of alligatorSpanish el lagarto from el, the + Classical Latin lacerta, lacertus: see lizard
- Either of two large semiaquatic reptiles, Alligator mississipiensis of the southeast United States or A. sinensis of China, having sharp teeth and powerful jaws. They differ from crocodiles in having a broader, shorter snout.
- Leather made from the hide of one of these reptiles.
- A tool or fastener having strong, adjustable, often toothed jaws.
Origin of alligatorAlteration of Spanish el lagarto the lizard el the ( from Latin ille that ; see al-1 in Indo-European roots.) lagarto lizard ( from Latin lacertus )
- Either of two species of large amphibious reptile, Alligator mississippiensis or Alligator sinensis, in the genus Alligator within order Crocodilia, which have sharp teeth and very strong jaws and are native to the Americas and China.
- All you could see of the alligator were its two eyes above the water, and suddenly it snatched up and caught the poor bird with its strong jaws full of sharp teeth.
- Any of various machines with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator.
(third-person singular simple present alligators, present participle alligatoring, simple past and past participle alligatored)
- (of paint or other coatings) To crack in a pattern resembling an alligator's skin.
- (obsolete) One who binds or ties.
From Latin alligator (“one who ties or binds”), from alligo (“I bind”) + -tor (“agent suffix”)