alligator

Definitions

  • THE MAMMY ALLIGATOR
    THE MAMMY ALLIGATOR
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v alligator crack and acquire the appearance of alligator hide, as from weathering or improper application; of paint and varnishes
    • n alligator either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but with shorter broader snouts
    • n alligator leather made from alligator's hide
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE ALLIGATOR THE ALLIGATOR
Alligators Alligators
Alligator Alligator

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days
    • Alligator (Mech) a form of squeezer for the puddle ball
    • Alligator (Mech) a kind of job press, called also alligator press.
    • Alligator (Zoöl) A large carnivorous reptile of the Crocodile family, peculiar to America. It has a shorter and broader snout than the crocodile, and the large teeth of the lower jaw shut into pits in the upper jaw, which has no marginal notches. Besides the common species of the southern United States, there are allied species in South America.
    • Alligator (Mech) a rock breaker
    • Alligator Any machine with strong jaws, one of which opens like the movable jaw of an alligator
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime
    • n alligator Any American member of the family Alligatoridæ or the family Crocodilidæ; an American crocodile; a cayman; a jacaré.
    • n alligator [capitalized] [NL.] More specifically, a genus of large lizard-like or saurian reptiles, the type of the family Alligatoridæ, order Crocodilia, formerly family Crocodilidæ, order Sauria. See Alligatoridæ, Crocodilidæ. The type of the genus is A. lucius or A. mississippiensis of the Uinted States. The genus formerly included the cayman and the jacaré, which have been made types of the two genera Caiman and Jacare (which see). A true American crocodile, Crocodilus americanus, long overlooked or confounded with the alligator, has lately been found in Florida and the West Indies. The alligators differ from the true crocodiles in having a shorter and flatter head, cavities or pits in the upper jaw, into which the long teeth of the under jaw fit, and feet much less webbed. Their habits are less aquatic. They frequent swamps and marshes, and may be seen basking on the dry ground during the day in the heat of the sun. They are most active during the night, The largest of them attain the length of 17 or 18 feet. They live on fish, and sometimes catch hogs on the shore, or dogs which are swimming. In winter they burrow in the mud of swamps and marshes, lying torpid till spring. The female lays a great number of eggs, which are deposited in the sand, and left to be hatched by the heat of the sun. The alligators are distributed over tropical America, but are not known to exist in any other part of the world. Among the fossils of the south of England, however, are remains of a true alligator, A. hantoniensis, in the Eocene beds of the Hampshire basin. Leather made from the skin of the alligator is widely used.
    • n alligator A local name of the little brown fence-lizard, Sceloporus undulatus, common in many parts of the United States.
    • n alligator A machine for bringing the balls of iron from a puddling-furnace into compact form so that they can be handled; a squeezer.
    • n alligator A peculiar form of rock-breaker.
    • n alligator A boat used in handling floating logs. It can be moved overland from one body of water to another by its own power, usually applied through a drum and cable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word alligator comes from the Spanish word El Lagarto, which means "The Lizard."
    • n Alligator al′li-gā-tur an animal of the crocodile genus, found in America.
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Quotations

  • Cordell Hull
    Cordell Hull
    “Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river.”
  • Olin Miller
    Olin Miller
    “Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. el lagarto, the lizard (el lagarto de Indias, the cayman or American crocodile), fr. L. lacertus, lacerta, lizard. See Lizard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. el lagarto—L. lacerta, a lizard.

Usage

In literature:

Did the bad skillery-scalery alligator, with humps on its tail, carry him off?
"Uncle Wiggily in the Woods" by Howard R. Garis
Salmons, muskalunges, the great Mississippi cat-fish, alligators, trout, white-fish, sun-fishes, etc., and etcetry.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Nothing disturbed the people but the alligators.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
The pattern marked X in (c) was generally identified as "alligator," yet the weavers were by no means agreed.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
The loathy alligators lounging in the slime lifted their horny eyelids lazily, and leered upon him as he passed with stupid savageness.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
Maybe we can go out in the barn and feed our alligators!
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
Just excuse me a moment, will you, until I look out of the window and see if the alligator is coming.
"Bully and Bawly No-Tail" by Howard R. Garis
Once a tall crane stalked into view among the sedges; once an unseen alligator shook the silence with his deep, hollow roaring.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
He saved me from an alligator once, and killed him with an iron bar.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
The alligator makes for it, flaps it toward its mouth, or attempts seizing it at once, but all in vain.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
Better hab my froat cut 'n be chawed up by a big alligator.
"Fighting for the Right" by Oliver Optic
What a big alligator Coming to catch this one boy!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Or that Pishposh, the man-eating alligator, is down with locomotor ataxia.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
The very first thing they saw upon entering it was an enormous alligator, fully eighteen feet long, sound asleep on a mud-bank.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
CHAFFANJON, V.: Observations sur Alligator mississippiensis (Tractus intestinalis und Mesenterium).
"Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator" by Albert M. Reese
The natives, when asked whether they were alligators, answered in the negative, calling them crocodiles.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Like lightning he drew his sword and smote the alligator between the eyes, cleaving its head in one mighty stroke.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
From the old chief, Micanopy, and his sub-chiefs, Jumper and Alligator, Osceola learned the details of that day's action.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
The other animal was a small caiman or alligator.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The banks of the river were covered with alligators, with their mouths wide agape.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
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In poetry:

A was an apt Alligator,
Who wanted to be a head-waiter;
He said, "I opine
In that field I could shine,
Because I am such a good skater."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
And blessed mornings,
Meet for the eye of the young alligator,
And lightning colors
So, in me, comes flinging
Forms, flames, and the flakes of flames.
"Nomad Exquisite" by Wallace Stevens
The alligator is a creature
With not a single pleasing feature;
And even when it's very small,
It is not cuddlesome at all.
With countless teeth its jaws are set.
I do not want one for a pet.
"The Alligator's Children" by Cicely Fox Smith
It was the night of the alligator:
snouts moving out of the slime,
in original darkness, the pullulations,
a clatter of armour, opaque
in the sleep of the bog,
turning back to the chalk of the sources.
"Some Beasts" by Pablo Neruda
She's the jauntiest of creatures, she's the daintiest of misses,
With her pretty patent leathers or her alligator ties,
With her eyes inviting glances and her lips inviting kisses,
As she wanders by the ocean or strolls under country skies.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

They said that despite the popular urban legend about alligators living in sewers, they've never heard of one being found.
Alligator wrangled in front of Florida house.
10-foot alligator wrangled in front of Florida home.
Owners of lions, tigers, bears, certain snakes and alligators are required to register with the state, pay fines, undergo background checks, get insurance and post signs on their property – warning of dangerous animals.
Alligator , Pot Discovered in Maryland Raid.
That's the obvious question after a Friday raid in the county turned up a couple grand worth of pot and one three-foot alligator .
Charged After Marijuana And Alligator Found At Home.
Alligators are not permitted in a residence and animal control was called to the home.
Police said the alligator was healthy and was taken to a facility for exotic animals.
After search, drugs, alligator found in Md.
Three-foot alligator found in Jessup home.
When Anne Arundel police raided a Jessup home Friday on suspicion of drugs, officers did not expect they'd come upon a 3-foot American alligator .
Pictured is Bailey Pedersen with her first alligator .
Endgame, Alligator Pie at Toronto's non-profit theatres.
Alligators, birds, fish and snakes.
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In science:

The end-group in the organic molecule self-attaches to Au acting as “alligator-clips” [53, 54].
A Self Assembled Nanoelectronic Quantum Computer Based on the Rashba Effect in Quantum Dots
The sulphur atoms act like alligator clips when they bond to the gold leads.
Electrical Conductance of Molecular Wires
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