Reptile Definition

rĕptīl, -tĭl
reptiles
noun
reptiles
Any of a class (Reptilia) of typically coldblooded vertebrates having lungs, an entirely bony skeleton, a body covered with scales or horny plates, and a heart with two atria and, usually, a single ventricle, including the snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and dinosaurs.
Webster's New World
A mean, sneaky, groveling person.
Webster's New World

A cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia.

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adjective
Of, like, or characteristic of a reptile; reptilian.
Webster's New World
Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs.
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Grovelling; low; vulgar.
A reptile race or crew; reptile vices.
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See also reptile.
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Other Word Forms of Reptile

Noun

Singular:
reptile
Plural:
reptiles

Origin of Reptile

  • Middle English reptil, from Old French reptile, from Late Latin rÄ“ptile, neuter of reptilis (“creeping"), from Latin rÄ“pō (“to creep"), from Proto-Indo-European *rep- (“to creep, slink") (Pokorny; Watkins, 1969).

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  • Middle English reptil from Old French reptile from Late Latin rēptile from neuter of Latin rēptilis creeping from rēptus past participle of rēpere to creep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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