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gharial

[ guhr-ee-uhl ]

noun

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


gharial

/ ˈɡærɪəl /

noun

  1. See gavial
    another name for for gavial


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Word History and Origins

Origin of gharial1

First recorded in 1815–25; from French, from Hindi ghariyāl

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Example Sentences

Like other crocodiles, male gharials help their babies to move through rivers.

Thanks to efforts to save the species from extinction, there are approximately 650 adult gharials in the wild, a significant increase in comparison to the 182 individuals recorded in 2006.

In June 2017, Mukherjee captured a male gharial carrying more than a hundred of his offspring on its back at the National Chambal Sanctuary in northern India.

The long snout of the Susu has been compared to the long snout of the Gharial, a native of the same region.

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