- Genus Alligator, family Alligatoridae, order Crocodylia: the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis).
- The zoo here is now playing host to a pair each of seamy crocodiles, alligators and caimans, giving the city dwellers a glimpse of some rare species.
- Caiman belong to the group known as crocodilians, which also includes alligators and crocodiles.
- Stunned parkgoers have even spotted the pythons in epic battles with native alligators.
- George can provide exotic skins too, like alligator, lizard, ostrich and even stingray.
- In the dim light could be seen a black cowboy hat, a black trench coat, a pair of dirty blue jeans with alligator skin boots and a generous helping of ammo belts draped over his chest.
- He wore dark blue pants and alligator skin boots, and a white shirt that had long puffy sleeves and purple embroidery on the cuffs.
Late 16th century: from Spanish el lagarto 'the lizard', probably based on Latin lacerta.
The English word alligator comes from two Spanish words el lagarto, ‘the lizard’. The first record of its use is from an account of his travels written by 16th-century English adventurer Job Hortop. He was press-ganged to sail to the Americas on a slaving voyage when he was only a teenager, and wrote vividly of the strange animals he encountered, among them the alligator.
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