Definition of gharial in English:


Line breaks: ghar|ial
Pronunciation: /ˈgarɪɑːl
, ˌgʌrɪˈɑːl
, ˈgɛːrɪəl/
(also gavial)


  • 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
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    • 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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