crocodile definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English cocodril ; from Old French cocodrille ; from Midieval 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) plush drilos, worm
crocodile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various large aquatic reptiles, chiefly of the genus Crocodylus, native to tropical and subtropical regions and having thick, armorlike skin and long tapering jaws.
- A crocodilian reptile, such as an alligator, caiman, or gavial.
- Leather made from crocodile skin.
Origin: Middle English cocodril, from Old French, from Latin cocodrillus, variant of crocodīlus, from Greek krokodīlos : krokē, pebble + drīlos, circumcised man, worm.