Definition of crocodile in English:


Syllabification: croc·o·dile
Pronunciation: /ˈkräkəˌdīl


1A large predatory semiaquatic reptile with long jaws, long tail, short legs, and a horny textured skin, using submersion and stealth to approach prey unseen. The crocodile has been extensively hunted for its valuable skin.
  • Family Crocodylidae: three genera, in particular Crocodylus, and several species
More example sentences
  • They could see the scaled skin of crocodiles and alligators along with an assortment of fish swimming about.
  • Hunted extensively for their skins, large crocodiles are becoming increasingly rare.
  • Many of the children were surprised at the texture of the crocodile's skin.
1.1Leather made from crocodile skin, used especially to make bags and shoes.
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  • Shoes are sling-backed heels of crocodile and patent leather.
  • Accessories include wedged shoes in crocodile, aged leather belts cinched around jackets and blazers recalling Dr. Zhivago.
  • Shoes are pointed and classic in crocodile and patterned leather with a lace or side buckle.
2British informal A line of schoolchildren walking in pairs.
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  • Will the UK scheme to walk a crocodile of children to school give them independence - or simply embarrass them?
  • The crocodile involves the group walking one behind another and throwing a ball back down the line.
  • The owner of one stall enthused about the rich tradition of cheesemaking he'd inherited, along with his flock of sheep, to a crocodile of rapt schoolchildren.


Middle English cocodrille, cokadrill, from Old French cocodrille, via medieval Latin from Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos 'worm of the stones', from krokē 'pebble' + drilos 'worm'. The spelling was changed in the 16th century to conform with the Latin and Greek forms.

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