crocodile

Definitions

  • SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile
    SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crocodile large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates; of sluggish tropical waters
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles
CROCODILES ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE CROCODILES ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Estuarine crocodiles are the biggest of all 26 species of the crocodilian family
    • Crocodile (Logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.
    • Crocodile (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 (Crocodilus vulgaris, or Crocodilus Niloticus). The Florida crocodile (Crocodilus 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 alligator.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live
    • n crocodile An animal of the order Crocodilia, and especially of the family Crocodilidæ (see these words). The name, originally signifying some large lizard, was first specifically given to the Nile crocodile, Crocodilus niloticus or vulgaris, the member of the order which has been longest and best known, and was afterward extended to sundry related species. Thus, the Gangetic crocodile is the gavial, Gavialis gangeticus. A true crocodile, Crocodilus americanus, occurs in Florida.
    • n crocodile In logic, a sophism of counter-questioning. Thus, in the old example a crocodile has stolen a child, and promises to restore it to the father if the latter answers correctly his question, Am I going to restore the child? If the father says Yes, the crocodile eats the child and tells the father he is wrong. If the father says No, the reply is that in that case the child cannot be restored, for to do so would violate the agreement, since the father's answer would then be incorrect.
    • crocodile Like a crocodile, or like something pertaining to a crocodile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a crocodile loses his teeth it will always grow new ones to replace them.
    • n Crocodile krok′o-dīl a genus of large amphibious saurian reptiles, including the crocodile of the Nile, and also the alligators and gavials
    • adj Crocodile and n. Crocodil′ian
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Quotations

  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.”

Idioms

Crocodile tears - If someone cries crocodile tears, they pretend to be upset or affected by something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko`deilos: cf. F. crocodile,. Cf. Cookatrice

Usage

In literature:

Go on shooting the crocodiles.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
There were crocodiles too in plenty in the big river, so the General said; and it was there that the river fell.
"Off to the Wilds" by George Manville Fenn
I know now; it was a crocodile.
"The Rajah of Dah" by George Manville Fenn
The crocodile thought it was sure of its prey, and opening its huge jaws, attempted to seize the mias.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Greatly to the disgust of the Seedees, they devoured a crocodile which was killed; they also feasted off crocodiles' eggs.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Another crocodile might seize him even while swimming behind his horse, but he did not think of that risk.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
A huge crocodile was dragging off the other.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
So great was the agony she suffered that she was unable to make any resistance, or to seize the head of the crocodile in her mouth.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
We did not forget the crocodiles, nor did Aboh, who was very wary when picking up the birds.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Those beauties of crocodiles clear out the holes.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
"The Crocodile" by Lewis Carroll
Little Birds are bathing
Crocodiles in cream,
Like a happy dream:
Like, but not so lasting -
Crocodiles, when fasting,
Are not all they seem!
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
For if ivy and the cool of linen
are the norm of the body I leave behind,
my profile in the sand will be the old
unblushing silence of a crocodile.
"Sonnet" by Federico Garcia Lorca
CHRYSANTHUS.
My senses
'Gainst their lures I must keep guarded:
They are crocodiles, but feigning
Human speech, so but to drag me
To my ruin, my destruction.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Jochebed.
Oh, forbear!
Spare my fond heart! Yet not the crocodile,
Nor all the deadly monsters of the deep, To me are half so terrible as Pharaoh,
That heathen king, that royal murderer.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
To show thou art not bound, as if thy lot
Were worse then ours; sometimes thou shiftest hands.
Most things move th'under-jaw; the Crocodile not.
Most things sleep lying; th’ Elephant leans or stands.
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

President's gifts: Crocodile insurance, donkey , $395 pencil.
Obama's odd gifts: Beckham boxers, crocodile insurance, a donkey .
Obama's gifts: Crocodile insurance, a donkey .
Recently, Foster Friess, a 71-year-old billionaire, was on a hunting trip in Tanzania when he heard that there was a 14-foot crocodile in the vicinity.
While both of these vicious creatures walked our planet eons ago, only the crocodile had the wherewithal to subsist through millions of years of evolution .
INTERVIEWS Dum Dum Girls-Crocodiles Couple Expose New Project With NSFW Artwork.
Crocodiles' iconic scales are the result of physical cracking.
We still watch reruns of "The Crocodile Hunter," starring Steve and Terri Irwin.
One man hurled himself from a boat into a nest of crocodiles.
An anonymous collector bought the $203,150 purse, a red crocodile Hermes Birkin bag.
Nile crocodile hunted near Miami as potential danger.
Wildlife officials issue rare order to kill in hunt for Nile crocodile loose near Miami.
(AP) — State wildlife officials have given their agents a rare order to shoot to kill in the hunt for a young and potentially dangerous Nile crocodile loose near Miami.
Crocodile seizes and swims off with young boy in Northern Territories, despite attempts to fend off the animal.
Crocodile jaws are more sensitive to the touch than human fingertips, a new study suggests.
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In science:

The Crocodile’s Dilemma is an ancient paradox that is a deviously cute self-referential paradox. A crocodile steals a child and the mother of the child begs for the return of her beloved baby.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
The crocodile responds ”I will return the child if and only if you correctly guess whether or not I will return your child.” The mother cleverly responds that he will keep the child.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Note that (2) it is not contradictory with a low evolutionary rate (crocodile and other with small rates).
Is planetary chaos related to evolutionary (phenotypic) rates?
The situation with photons and absorbers reminds a herd of gazelles trying to cross a river with a crocodile in it. A crocodile can only catch one animal at a time.
Influence of Absorbers on the Electromagnetic Radiation
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