[ gey-vee-uh l ]
/ ˈgeɪ vi əl /


a large crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, of India and Pakistan, having elongated, garlike jaws: an endangered species.

Origin of gavial

1815–25; < French < Hindi ghariyāl
Also called gharial.

Related forms

ga·vi·al·oid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gavial


gharial or garial (ˈɡærɪəl)

/ (ˈɡeɪvɪəl) /


a large fish-eating Indian crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, with a very long slender snout: family Gavialidae
false gavial a SE Asian crocodile, Tomistoma schlegeli, similar to but smaller than the gavial

Word Origin for gavial

C19: from French, from Hindi ghariyāl
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