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reptilian Line breaks: rep|til¦ian
Pronunciation: /rɛpˈtɪlɪən/

Definition of reptilian in English:


1Relating to or characteristic of reptiles: the reptilian ancestors of mammals
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  • Dehydration can cause serious health problems in any reptilian species.
  • Let us consider first the simpler explanation of a series of morphological evolutionary changes in the evolution of avian feathers from reptilian scales.
  • At the time, paleontologists were stuck in a reptilian perspective on dinosaurs.
technical poikilothermic
rare reptiloid, reptiliform, reptant, repent
unpleasant, distasteful, nasty, disagreeable, unappealing, unattractive, off-putting, horrible, horrid;
unctuous, ingratiating, fulsome, oily, oleaginous;
untrustworthy, devious, sly, underhand, crafty
informal smarmy, slimy, creepy, sneaky
2(Of a person) deeply disliked and despised; repulsive: a reptilian villain with no redeeming features
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  • Mr. Chen laughed in his quiet, reptilian way.
  • He can feel Martin out there waiting his time with the cold reptilian patience of the perfect agent.
  • Her blue eyes, entirely void of make up, gave her face a strange, reptilian look.


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An animal belonging to the class Reptilia; a reptile.

Words that rhyme with reptilian

Abbevillian, Azilian, Brazilian, caecilian, Castilian, Chilean, Churchillian, civilian, cotillion, crocodilian, epyllion, Gillian, Lilian, Maximilian, Pamphylian, pavilion, postilion, Quintilian, Sicilian, Tamilian, vaudevillian, vermilion, Virgilian
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