Origin of crocodile
Examples from the Web for crocodile
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.
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
Luther drives a “crocodile green” Oldsmobile Toronado, “Its chrome grin stretched beguilingly and wide as the western horizon.”‘Telegraph Avenue’: Michael Chabon on His Obsessive Novel of Fandom|Josh Dzieza|September 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Not since Crocodile Dundee graced our movie screens has a man from down under turned our world so upside down.
The tree righted itself, and a gleam of hope lightened Samba's mind when he saw that the crocodile was in the water.Samba|Herbert Strang
No doubt so it would have done, had the crocodile missed its aim, but the latter had not missed.The Young Yagers|Mayne Reid
"And Apes," came like a soft summer sigh from the bellows-mouth of the Crocodile.The Sa'-Zada Tales|William Alexander Fraser
How do you suppose these Chulduns, living in the Caucasus Mountains, got the idea of a god like a crocodile, anyhow?Temple Trouble|Henry Beam Piper
Their arms are made of wood, without any iron point; but some instead thereof use a crocodile's tooth.The Pirates of Panama|A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
British Dictionary definitions for crocodile
- leather made from the skin of any of these animals
- (as modifier)crocodile shoes
Word Origin for crocodile
Word Origin and History for crocodile
1560s, restored spelling of Middle English cokedrille, kokedrille (c.1300), from Medieval Latin cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos, word applied by Herodotus to the crocodile of the Nile, apparently due to its basking habits, from kroke "pebbles" + drilos "worm." The crocodile tears story was in English from at least c.1400.