Origin of reptile
Examples from the Web for reptiles
And some reptiles add a fourth function to the overworked cloacal repository–that of respiration as well.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists|Kent Sepkowitz|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And second, the allegers proved themselves over time to be as unappealing a litter of reptiles and crones as could be imagined.
Fobb says he loves the Everglades—loves snakes, too—and that man is doing far more damage to the area than the reptiles.
When the hiss of reptiles turns to words, you hear something that you have never heard and will never forget.
The country abounds in reptiles, and the prevalent fishes are of the early kinds, having a cartilaginous structure.Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation|Robert Chambers
The father of the winds makes battle with a huge flagroot, and the king of reptiles is shot with a dart.
Very few beasts or reptiles are aggressive; it is only when they feel cornered that they turn.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
The glass breaking, the reptiles all escaped into the street.Fantastic Fables|Ambrose Bierce
Why was the earth thus occupied for countless ages by an animal population whose highest members were reptiles and birds?The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science|John William Dawson
Word Origin for reptile
late 14c., "creeping or crawling animal," from Old French reptile (early 14c.) and directly from Late Latin reptile, noun use of neuter of reptilis (adj.) "creping, crawling," from rept-, past participle stem of repere "to crawl, creep," from PIE root *rep- "to creep, crawl" (cf. Lithuanian replioju "to creep"). Used of persons of low character from 1749.
Precise scientific use began to develop mid-18c., but the word was used as well at first of animals now known as amphibians, including toads, frogs, salamanders; separation of Reptilia (1835 as a distinct class) and Amphibia took place early 19c.; popular use lagged, and reptile still was used late 18c. with sense "An animal that creeps upon many feet" [Johnson, who calls the scorpion a reptile], sometimes excluding serpents.
And the terrestrial animals may be divided into quadrupeds or beasts, reptiles, which have many feet, and serpents, which have no feet at all. [Locke, "Elements of Natural Philosophy," 1689]
An inadvertent step may crush the snail
That crawls at ev'ning in the public path ;
But he that has humanity, forewarn'd,
Will tread aside, and let the reptile live.
[Cowper, "The Task," 1785]
The Old English word for "reptile" was slincend, related to slink.