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[krok-uh-dil-ee-uh n] /ˌkrɒk əˈdɪl i ən/
any reptile of the order Crocodylia, comprising the true crocodiles and the alligators, caimans, and gavials.
of, like, or pertaining to a crocodile.
hypocritical; insincere.
Origin of crocodilian
First recorded in 1625-35; crocodile + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for crocodilian
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  • The tail and hindquarters, however, proclaim the crocodilian original.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • Perhaps it shows a modification towards the crocodilian direction.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • The three men stood silent and tense as the two crocodilian monsters stopped before them.

  • And beside the dais was a figure between two crocodilian guards at sight of whom Randall forgot all else.

  • Honey for bait, great steel traps with crocodilian jaws, and guns there were in the outfit.

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Taken as a whole, the foot is perhaps more reptilian than avian, and in some genera is crocodilian.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • In birds the apparatus for the support of the wings has a far-off resemblance to the crocodilian type.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • You will soon discover this in skeletonizing your first crocodilian, and be sure to respect its anatomy.

British Dictionary definitions for crocodilian


any large predatory reptile of the order Crocodilia, which includes the crocodiles, alligators, and caymans. They live in or near water and have a long broad snout, powerful jaws, a four-chambered heart, and socketed teeth
of, relating to, or belonging to the Crocodilia
of, relating to, or resembling a crocodile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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crocodilian in Science
Any of various semiaquatic reptiles of the order Crocodilia, including the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials. Crocodilians are squat, massive, and lizardlike, with long, powerful jaws, long, heavy tails, short legs, and thick, plated skin. Like dinosaurs, crocodilians are archosaurs, and their closest modern relatives are the birds.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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