Definition of reptile in English:

reptile

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛptʌɪl
 
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noun

  • 1A cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin, and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.
    • Class Reptilia: orders Chelonia (turtles and tortoises), Squamata (snakes and lizards), Rhynchocephalia (the tuatara), and Crocodylia (crocodilians). Among several extinct groups are the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and ichthyosaurs
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    • He's really a wildlife photographer; to get his shots, he turns into an adventurer who has learned much about reptiles - snakes being his favorite cold-blooded creature.
    • Stainton has helmed Irwin's cable exploits for years, and he understands the inherent drama and suspense in diddling with deadly snakes and toothy reptiles.
    • Several hunts organized by the city government over the past months turned up empty-handed, apparently since cold-blooded reptiles are not very active during the chillier months.
  • 2 informal A person regarded with loathing and contempt: are you contradicting me, you ignorant little reptile?

adjective

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  • Belonging to a reptile or to the class of reptiles: reptile eggs
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    • Ruthie and Winfield run in from the fields with reptile eggs.
    • I don't know what else it would be used for, but in herpetology it is used for incubating reptile eggs.
    • The simplified naturalism of marine and reptile masks and their widespread distribution make it difficult to determine their origin.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin, neuter of reptilis, from Latin rept- 'crawled', from the verb repere.

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