reptile

Definitions

  • Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man
    Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reptile any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reptiles do not perspire, and do not have any oil glands
    • Reptile A groveling or very mean person.
    • Reptile (Zoöl) An animal that crawls, or moves on its belly, as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards, and the like. "An inadvertent step may crush the snail
      That crawls at evening in the public path;
      But he that has humanity, forewarned,
      Will tread aside, and let the reptile live."
    • Reptile Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs.
    • Reptile Hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew; reptile vices. "There is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution, but of fear.""And dislodge their reptile souls
      From the bodies and forms of men."
    • Reptile (Zoöl) One of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Antarctica is the only continent without any reptiles or snakes.
    • reptile Creeping or crawling; repent; reptant; reptatory; of or pertaining to the Reptilia, in any sense.
    • reptile Groveling; low; mean: as, a reptile race.
    • n reptile A creeping animal; an animal that goes on its belly, or moves with small, short legs.
    • n reptile Specifically An oviparous quadruped; a four-footed egg-laying animal: applied about the middle of the eighteenth century to the animals then technically called Amphibia, as frogs, toads, newts, lizards, crocodiles, and turtles; any amphibian.
    • n reptile By restriction, upon the recognition of the divisions Amphibia and Reptilia, a scaly or pholidote reptile, as distinguished from a naked reptile; any snake, lizard, crocodile, or turtle; a member of the Reptilia proper; a saurian.
    • n reptile A groveling, abject, or mean person: used in contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been proven that feathers directly evolved from reptiles' scales. Therefore, birds came after reptiles.
    • adj Reptile rep′tīl moving or crawling on the belly or with very short legs: grovelling: low
    • n Reptile an animal that moves or crawls on its belly or with short legs: an oviparous quadruped: one of the class of Reptil′ia (n.pl.) occupying a central position in the Vertebrate series, beneath them Amphibians and Fishes, above them Birds and Mammals: a grovelling, low person
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Quotations

  • William Blake
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    “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”
  • Edmund Burke
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    “There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. reptile, L. reptilis, fr. repere, reptum, to creep; cf. Lith. reploti,; perh. akin to L. serpere,. Cf. Serpent

Usage

In literature:

The forest abounds in reptiles.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Reptiles became everywhere the lords and masters of this lower world.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
The reptile fell back, recoiled itself, and with head erect, its cruel, beady eyes watching me intently, sat up ready to strike again.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
The man who brought it dropped it quickly and made a hasty retreat at the nearer sight of the reptile.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
Betty Young screamed as the reptile reared up and made a movement toward them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Here is a creature half reptile, half bird; perhaps one-third reptile and two-thirds bird.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The reptile plunges, the birds continue without suspicion to come and go.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
It is a very active species, feeding upon insects and reptiles, and small birds and mammals.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
This precious reptile was destined for the Zoological Gardens.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
One day an Indian surprised one of these reptiles asleep, after it had swallowed an enormous deer.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
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In poetry:

Strange! that these fleeting, fading forms,
Which Heaven has named immortal men,
Rising from dust like reptile worms,
So turn to vilest dust again.
"Autumn: Sunday Morning" by John Bowring
Ay, none shall live, to hear the storm
Around their blackened pillars sweep;
To shudder at the reptile's form,
Or scare the wild bird from her sleep.
"The Last Prophecy Of Cassandra" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A skeleton, a ghastly heap
Of naked bones, 'twas thus they found him;
By snakes devoured in drunken sleep,
The reptiles' holes yawned thickly round them.
"The Black Snakes" by Janet Hamilton
O! shun the bowl—as thou wouldst leave
The poison'd spot where reptiles crawl;
Lest widow'd hearts for thee should grieve—
For thee untimely tears should fall.
"Hymn" by John Pierpont
She knows,
She knows well enough to come for food,
Yet she sees me not;
Her bright eye sees, but not me, not anything,
Sightful, sightless, seeing and visionless,
Reptile mistress.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
Pleased all his gambols to attend,
The snake, his playfellow, and friend,
Still in his sight he kept;
The reptile, ever at his side,
Obeys him waking, and with pride,
Would watch him, while he slept!
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley

In news:

Nicole Hawk, public affairs specialist at LBL, said the snake was the first recovered pet reptile she could recall.
There's been another reptile discovery on Long Island.
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center getting upgrades for Reptiles in Residence exhibit.
Mr Archbold died after eating the bugs as well as worms in the Oct 6 contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach.
The giant reptile has brought pride, fear, tourism revenues and attention to the remote town where it was captured.
Alicia Keys' New Reebok Cargo and Reptile Collections.
Edward Archbold, 32, had stuffed handfuls of roaches and worms down his throat during an Oct 5 contest at the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach.
The Bronx Zoo's missing cobra has finally been caught, but unlike the fanciful city "adventures" of the celebrity Twitter snake, the real reptile hadn't slithered far at all.
This past Friday, Ben Siegel's Reptile store in Deerfield Beach, Florida held a contest that to see who could eat the most live cockroaches and live worms.
Nick Dietz reports villagers were complaining the reptile had been feeding on their livestock.
The BBC reports the would-be smuggler confessed the reptiles were likely from Malaysia and were headed to neighboring Laos.
In this frame grab made from video on Friday, Oct 5, 2012, and provided by John-Patrick McNown, Edward Archbold celebrates winning a roach-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Reptile store owner smuggles cobra on plane in Egypt.
During an investigation of those claims, authorities discovered hundreds of animals - mostly exotic reptiles - living at two of Cullen's Milwaukee properties.
Cobra bites can be deadly if not treated properly, but the snakes aren't likely to attack people unless the reptiles feel threatened, according to a fact sheet on the San Diego Zoo's website.
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In science:

This theory of hearing by a generic mechanism could apply to many different animals such as mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Tuatara (“peaks on the back” in Maori) is a reptile (not a lizard) found only in New Zealand.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
Tuatara is the last remaining member of the ancient group of reptiles Sphenodontia, the only survivor of a large group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the time of dinosaurs.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
Notice of new dinosaurian reptiles from the Jurassic Formation.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Notice of new dinosaurian reptiles from the Jurassic Formation.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
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