- 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 krok?, pebble, gravel (? akin to Sanskrit s?rkar?, 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.