any reptile of the order Crocodylia, comprising the true crocodiles and the alligators, caimans, and gavials.
of, like, or pertaining to a crocodile.
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How to use crocodilian in a sentence
In crocodilians, the respiratory tract is “not as developed” as in birds, Woodruff says, and the respiratory tissue doesn’t pervade the bones.
The flying reptiles’ family tree is full of gastric pellet–expelling species, from living birds such as owls and gulls to fossilized cousins like ancient crocodilians and non-avian dinosaurs.
It was not simply another great crocodilian shape that sat upon that dais.
The three men stood silent and tense as the two crocodilian monsters stopped before them.
At the hall's center was a low dias, and in a semicircle around and behind it stood a half-hundred great crocodilian shapes.
But as the Martian Master's high call hissed again all the countless crocodilian forms in the great cone were rushing toward them.
The big crocodilian shape was apparently a prisoner like themselves, captured and brought down from above.
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
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Scientific definitions for crocodilian
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.
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