Definition of reptile in English:
- 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
- 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.
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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.
A mention of reptiles today conjures up a picture of snakes and lizards, but in the 14th century the word included other creatures. It comes from Latin repere ‘to crawl’ and was originally used for any creeping or crawling animal. The first use of reptile as an insulting term for a person is found in Henry Fielding's Tom Jones ( 1749) ‘For a little reptile of a critic to presume to find fault with any of its parts…is a most presumptuous absurdity.’
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