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gharial Syllabification: gha·ri·al
Pronunciation: /ˈɡerēəl/
(also gavialˈɡāvēəl)

Definition of gharial in English:


A large fish-eating crocodile with a long narrow snout that widens at the nostrils, native to the Indian subcontinent.
  • Gavialis gangeticus, the only member of the family Gavialidae
Example sentences
  • A crocodilian is any member of an order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gavials, and related extinct forms.
  • Our streams and rivers teem with crocodiles, gharials and a large variety of fish, turtles and dolphins.
  • The Indian gharial was excluded from this study.


Early 19th century: from Hindi ghaṛiyāl. The spelling gavial (from French) is an alteration probably due to scribal error.

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