crocodile

crocodile [kräk′ə dīl΄]
n.
[ME cocodril < OFr cocodrille < ML cocodrillus, altered < L crocodilus < Gr krokodilos, lizard (hence, “lizard of the Nile,” crocodile) < * krokodrilos < krokē, pebble, gravel (? akin to Sans srkarā, SUGAR) + drilos, worm]
1. any of a subfamily (Crocodylinae) of large, flesh-eating, lizardlike crocodilian reptiles living in or around tropical streams and having thick, horny skin composed of scales and plates, a long tail, and a long, narrow, triangular head with massive jaws: its lower fourth teeth protrude from its closed mouth
2. leather made from a crocodile's hide
3. Brit. a long line of persons, esp. school children, moving in file, as when out for a walk

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