- any of a subfamily (Crocodylinae) of large, flesh-eating, lizardlike crocodilian reptiles living in or around tropical streams and having thick, horny skin composed of scales and plates, a long tail, and a long, narrow, triangular head with massive jaws: it has on each side of the lower jaw a large tooth that protrudes upward from its closed mouth
- leather made from a crocodile's hide
- Brit. a long line of persons, esp. school children, moving in file, as when out for a walk
Origin of crocodileMiddle English cocodril ; from Old French cocodrille ; from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, altered ; from Classical Latin crocodilus ; from Classical Greek krokodilos, lizard (hence, “lizard of the Nile,” crocodile) ; from an unverified form krokodrilos ; from krokē, pebble, gravel (? akin to Sanskrit srkarā, sugar) + drilos, worm
- Any of various large aquatic reptiles of the family Crocodylidae that are native to tropical and subtropical regions and have thick, armorlike skin and long tapering jaws.
- A crocodilian reptile, such as an alligator, caiman, or gharial.
- Leather made from crocodile skin.
- Chiefly British A line of people, especially pupils or choir members, standing two abreast.
Origin of crocodileMiddle English cocodril, from Old French, from Latin cocodrillus, variant of crocodīlus, from Greek krokodīlos : krokē, pebble + drīlos, circumcised man, worm.
- Any of the predatory amphibious reptiles of the family Crocodylidae; (loosely) a crocodilian, any species of the order Crocodilia, which also includes the alligators, caimans and gavials.
- A long line or procession of people (especially children) walking together.
- (logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.
From Old French cocodril (modern crocodile), from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος (krokodeilos). The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms.