Definition of caiman in English:


Line breaks: cai¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪmən
(also cayman)


  • A semiaquatic reptile similar to the alligator but with a heavily armoured belly, native to tropical America.
    • Caiman and other genera, family Alligatoridae: three species
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    • A crocodilian is any member of an order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, gavials, and related extinct forms.
    • 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.
    • The continental record in South America, where caimans spent much of their history, is sporadic.


late 16th century: from Spanish caimán, Portuguese caimão, from Carib acayuman.

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