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Crocodile Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    crocodile n : large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates; of sluggish tropical waters
Crocodile Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Crocodile \Croc"o*dile\ (kr?k"?-d?l; 277), n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. ?????: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.]
  1. (Zo["o]l.) A large reptile of the genus Crocodilus, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or eighteen feet, and inhabit the large rivers of Africa, Asia, and America. The eggs, laid in the sand, are hatched by the sun's heat. The best known species is that of the Nile (C. vulgaris, or C. Niloticus). The Florida crocodile (C. Americanus) is much less common than the alligator and has longer jaws. The name is also sometimes applied to the species of other related genera, as the gavial and the alligator.
  2. (Logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile. Crocodile bird (Zo["o]l.), an African plover (Pluvianus [ae]gypticus}) which alights upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in pursuit of files, etc.; -- called also Nile bird. It is the trochilos of ancient writers. Crocodile tears, false or affected tears; hypocritical sorrow; -- derived from the fiction of old travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey.
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A crocodile is any species belonging to the family Crocodylidae (sometimes classified instead as the subfamily Crocodylinae). The term can also be used more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia: i.e. the true crocodiles, the alligators and caimans (family Alligatoridae) and the gharials (family Gavialidae), as well as the Crocodylomorpha which includes prehistoric crocodile relatives and ancestors.

Member species of the family Crocodylidae are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Crocodiles tend to congregate in freshwater habitats like rivers, lakes, wetlands and sometimes in brackish water. They feed mostly on vertebrates like fish, reptiles, and mammals, sometimes on invertebrates like molluscs and crustaceans, depending on species. They are an ancient lineage, and are believed to have changed little since the time of the dinosaurs. They are believed to be 200 million years old whereas dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago; crocodiles survived great extinction events.

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  • Royal crocodile to stay in NT
    It has proven too difficult to fly George the royal crocodile from Darwin to Sydney to meet his namesake. Read more on this news related to 'Crocodile'
  • Philippine fishermen demand bounty for crocodile
    Davao (Philippines) (AFP) - Fishermen in the southern Philippines are demanding a reward for a crocodile they said they caught accidentally, but officials insisted Sunday they would not pay for the reptile. Authorities in Mlang town on the southern island of Mindanao said they were trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2.5-metre (eight-foot) long croco Read more on this news related to 'Crocodile'
  • Rare crocodile suffocates during mating
    A very rare female crocodile has died in a Dutch zoo during attempted mating with a 'dominant' male partner. Read more on this news related to 'Crocodile'

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