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reptilian

[ rep-til-ee-uhn, -til-yuhn ]
/ rɛpˈtɪl i ən, -ˈtɪl yən /
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adjective
belonging or pertaining to the Reptilia.
groveling, debased, or despicable; contemptible.
mean; treacherous; harmful.
noun
a reptile.
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Origin of reptilian

1840–50; <New Latin Reptili(a) reptiles (plural of rēptile, neuter of Late Latin rēptilis;see reptile) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for reptilian

reptilian
/ (rɛpˈtɪlɪən) /

adjective
of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of reptiles
mean or treacherous; contemptiblereptilian behaviour
noun
a less common name for reptile
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Scientific definitions for reptilian

reptilian
[ rĕp-tĭlē-ən ]

Relating to or characteristic of reptiles.
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