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crocodilian

Line breaks: croco|dil¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɒkəˈdɪlɪən
 
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Definition of crocodilian in English:

noun

Zoology
A large predatory semiaquatic reptile of an order that comprises the crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharial. Crocodilians are distinguished by long jaws, short legs, and a powerful tail.
  • Order Crocodylia: three families
Example sentences
  • Caiman belong to the group known as crocodilians, which also includes alligators and crocodiles.
  • In other species, such as monitor lizards and crocodilians, the lungs are partitioned into chambers made up of an intricate net of support structures.
  • Deliberate stone and soil swallowing has been reported for modem snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians serving to macerate digesta.

adjective

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Relating to crocodilians.
Example sentences
  • Only two crocodilian groups had sparser, and therefore less sensitive, strings of the holes running along their jaws.
  • The skin of the saltwater crocodile produces the highest quality leather of the world's crocodilian species.
  • They've got these crocodilian jaws that just crunch off huge chunks of meat and bone, and then they just swallow it all.

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