Definition of crocodilian in English:


Syllabification: croc·o·dil·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌkräkəˈdilēən


  • 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
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    • 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.


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  • Of or relating to crocodilians.
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    • 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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