reptilian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reptilian of or relating to the class Reptilia
    • n reptilian 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
    • a Reptilian Belonging to the reptiles.
    • n Reptilian (Zoöl) One of the Reptilia; a reptile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reptilian Of or pertaining to the Reptilia, in any sense; resembling or like a reptile.
    • n reptilian Any member of the Reptilia; a reptile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Reptilian belonging to reptiles
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. reptilisrepĕre, to creep.

Usage

In literature:

Lil had seen only its reptilian head.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Mars, in spite of its canals, is a low and wicked planet, with a reptilian population.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
All of these are reptilian rather than bird characters.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The reptilian smell suddenly grew stronger.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Whatever the creature was that made it, its method of progress was not human, but reptilian.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
It was a monstrous thing formed by the joining of three of the great reptilian bodies!
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
The legs represent some reptilian form resembling a lizard.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
It was a good twelve feet long, with cold reptilian eyes and big yellow fangs.
"Subjectivity" by Norman Spinrad
Only God knew what type of human, animal and reptilian life the island held.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Toll, the reptilian captain, pointed across the valley.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
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In poetry:

Or sleep your dreamless sleep
(Reptilian bomber!) by
The Mediterranean
And like a man
Swear you to keep
Faith with imperial eye:
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Is your continent cold from the ice-age still, that the sun is
so angry?
Is the blood of your continent somewhat reptilian still,
That the sun should be greedy for it?
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Reptilian creation of local artist has new home in Fort Worth.
I eye Bink and Gollie across the room with a slow reptilian stare.
At least until winter comes, says Jeff Jundt, the reptilian curator for the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
Reptilian and parasitic as ever.
Male platypuses have another reptilian trait -- they produce venom that they can shoot from spurs in their hind legs.
First unearthed 150 years ago, the fossil of this carnivore, with its blend of avian and reptilian features, seemed an iconic evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds.
If he were a painter of criminals -- of twice-convicted burglars or petty thieves -- one could understand his subjects' dead, reptilian eyes.
Reptilian bags, utilitarian sandals, and more.
The Reptilian Thrill-lessness of 'Tinker Tailor Solder Spy'.
It was Saturday night in La Cite, the great, reptilian slum in Kinshasa.
It could be a very long time before the reptilian corps locates New York's most famous serpent at large.
From dinosaurs to snakes - delight your kids with sumptuous, scaled treats of their favorite reptilian species on FamilyFun.com.
Reptilian and Amphibian FormularyGLOSSARYINDEX.
As for Rhys Ifans, he rises above the occasion, growling and laughing maniacally as he sets about his reptilian mission and chews up Manhattan.
The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians suggests these basic safety precautions.
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In science:

Strange creatures of the past: gigantic saurians of the reptilian age.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Reptilian fauna from the North Horn Formation of central Utah.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
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