Origin of crocodile
OTHER WORDS FROM crocodilecroc·o·dil·oid [krok-uh-dil-oid, krok-uh-dahy-loid], /ˌkrɒk əˈdɪl ɔɪd, ˈkrɒk əˌdaɪ lɔɪd/, adjective
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CROCODILE VS. ALLIGATOR
What’s the difference between crocodiles and alligators?
Crocodiles and alligators are both large, lizardlike reptiles known for their large, powerful jaws and sharp teeth, their long tails, and their thick, plated skin.
However, you can tell them apart through some physical differences. Crocodiles are often lighter in color and have a narrower snout. Alligators are typically darker and have broader snout.
When they’re in the water, crocodiles typically hold the top of their head out of the water. In contrast, alligators typically lurk under the surface, with only their eyes visible. When alligators’ jaws are closed, only their upper teeth are visible, but both the upper and lower teeth of crocodiles are visible when their jaws are closed.
Crocodiles live in tropical areas of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. Alligators mainly live in the southeastern U.S. and eastern China. The only place that wild alligators and crocodiles have been documented as inhabiting the same area is in south Florida.
Taxonomically speaking, crocodiles and alligators are not only different species, they also belong to a different genus (crocodiles belong to the genus Crocodylus, while alligators belong to the genus Alligator). Still, they both belong to the order Crocodylia, which means they can both be called crocodilians.
Here’s an example of crocodile and alligator used correctly in a sentence.
Example: Florida is known for its population of alligators, although a few crocodiles also live in the extreme south.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between crocodiles and alligators.
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You can tell that it’s a _____ because of its long, narrow snout and the fact that its upper and lower teeth are visible when its mouth is closed.
How to use crocodile in a sentence
In between encounters with crocodiles and hippos during their months in Africa, the researchers snorkeled and dived to gather examples of every cichlid they could.New Fish Data Reveal How Evolutionary Bursts Create Species|Elena Renken|December 1, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Mukherjee decided to visit the National Chambal Sanctuary to capture the fight for the survival of these crocodiles.This crocodile daddy giving 100 babies a ride puts your carpool to shame|María Paula Rubiano A.|October 9, 2020|Popular-Science
They tend to be darker than crocodiles and are less likely to be aggressive.
Its features hint that crocodiles may have journeyed from Africa to the Americas.American crocs seem to descend from kin that crossed the Atlantic|Carolyn Wilke|August 25, 2020|Science News For Students
They are the first footprint evidence that some ancient ancestors of modern crocodiles walked on two legs.
Winston Churchill once said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”
On another trip, a defiant caiman (a South American crocodile) devours his mosquito net.
One of these heroes is an insect-loving contemporary of Charles Darwin, the other a crocodile-wrestling Steve Irwin acolyte.
The bags themselves were covetable items as ever, relying on highest-quality material: ostrich and crocodile.Anya Hindmarch and Stella McCartney Close London Fashion Week|Tom Sykes|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The insatiable crocodile of Israeli colonialism is far too fat.
What we shall do if an Indian springs from behind the bushes, or a crocodile comes out of the sedge, I don't know.
As they looked toward the spot, the fearful head and jaws of a crocodile could be seen reaching up out of the water.
No Indian sprang from the bush, no crocodile came out of the sedge; and the river was crossed without one of them being drowned.
All at once, a crocodile appeared close to the boat, capsized it, and with open jaws was ready to devour the man.
Because in far distant times he saved the life of a Chinaman from the fury of a crocodile.
British Dictionary definitions for crocodile
- leather made from the skin of any of these animals
- (as modifier)crocodile shoes