reptilian

[ rep-til-ee-uh n, -til-yuh n ]
/ rɛpˈtɪl i ən, -ˈtɪl yən /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Reptilia.
groveling, debased, or despicable; contemptible.
mean; treacherous; harmful.

noun

a reptile.

Nearby words

  1. rept.,
  2. reptant,
  3. reptile,
  4. reptiles,
  5. reptilia,
  6. reptilium,
  7. repton,
  8. repub.,
  9. republic,
  10. republic of china

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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Word Origin and History for reptilian

reptilian

adj.

1846, from reptile + -ian. Transferred meaning "malignant, cold, underhanded" is from 1859.

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Science definitions for reptilian

reptilian

[ rĕp-tĭlē-ən ]

Relating to or characteristic of reptiles.
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