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- a large, predatory amphibious reptile related to alligator.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Croc"o*dile (kr?k"?-d?l; 277), n.
[L. crocodilus, Gr. &?;&?;&?;&?;&?;: cf. F.
crocodile. Cf. Cookatrice.] 1.
(Zoöl.) A large reptile of the genus
Crocodilus, of several species. They grow to the length of
sixteen or eighteen feet, and inhabit the large rivers of Africa,
Asia, and America. The eggs, laid in the sand, are hatched by the
sun's heat. The best known species is that of the Nile (C.
vulgaris, or C. Niloticus). The Florida crocodile
(C. Americanus) is much less common than the alligator and
has longer jaws. The name is also sometimes applied to the
species of other related genera, as the gavial and the
2. (Logic) A fallacious dilemma,
mythically supposed to have been first used by a
Crocodile bird (Zoöl.), an
African plover (Pluvianus ægypticus) which alights
upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even
entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in
pursuit of files, etc.; -- called also Nile bird. It is
the trochilos of ancient writers. --
Crocodile tears, false or affected tears;
hypocritical sorrow; -- derived from the fiction of old
travelers, that crocodiles shed tears over their prey.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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