One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large predatory semiaquatic reptile with long jaws, long tail, short legs, and a horny textured skin, using submersion and stealth to approach prey unseen. The crocodile has been extensively hunted for its valuable skin.
procession, parade, motorcade, carcade, cortègeView synonyms
- ‘It probably lived in a shallow lake populated by dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, and numerous types of fish.’
- ‘Some apes were killed by predators such as crocodiles when they went to drink out of the lake.’
- ‘After all, crocodiles are cold-blooded reptiles, and don't live in these climes.’
- ‘Hunted extensively for their skins, large crocodiles are becoming increasingly rare.’
- ‘The tail sweep of a tuna, a newt, a crocodile, or a whale is the leverage act of the backbone pushing water with the expanded tail.’
- ‘The surviving sauropsids include turtles, lizards, crocodiles and birds, all of which are still around today.’
- ‘After two more sightings of giant reptiles, both crocodiles, we pulled into a small cove.’
- ‘Our streams and rivers teem with crocodiles, gharials and a large variety of fish, turtles and dolphins.’
- ‘Caiman belong to the group known as crocodilians, which also includes alligators and crocodiles.’
- ‘Snakes, crocodiles, and crabs scurry and swim about the forest floor.’
- ‘Alligators and crocodiles have dots on their skin that scientists have long suspected to be sense organs.’
- ‘Man is the primary predator, but others include leopards, crocodiles, and birds.’
- ‘Most of us aren't going to see a crocodile or an alligator in the wild.’
- ‘We turn next to crocodiles and alligators, in which the heart has two anatomically separate ventricles.’
- ‘Their descendants include extant species such as birds, crocodiles and alligators.’
- ‘Many of the children were surprised at the texture of the crocodile's skin.’
- ‘Saltwater crocodiles and other crocodile species are the most likely predators of smooth-coated otters.’
- ‘Alligators and crocodiles have nerves in their teeth, and when they feel the bar, they chomp down.’
- ‘Their heads were akin to those of a crocodile, with short yellow teeth protruding over scaled lips, and the long snout jutting forwards.’
- ‘They could see the scaled skin of crocodiles and alligators along with an assortment of fish swimming about.’
- 1.1 Leather made from crocodile skin, used especially to make bags and shoes.
- ‘Accessories include wedged shoes in crocodile, aged leather belts cinched around jackets and blazers recalling Dr. Zhivago.’
- ‘The new boutique is a wonder of luxury: the major part of the store's furnishings are covered in chic and pricey crocodile.’
- ‘Crocodile is huge for autumn.’
- ‘Coupled with his navy crocodile shoes, Muhammad sees it as a sure bargain.’
- ‘Your jacket, sneakers, and the cell phone in your pocket become an Italian suit, crocodile shoes, and high-caliber pistol.’
- ‘Ranging in price from $175 to $500, each handbag is crafted from either calf hide, lambskin, or crocodile.’
- ‘He used the corset look to great effect, particularly when he paired a white crocodile bustier with a black silk chiffon petal skirt and a rose silk faille bustier with a black silk chiffon lace inset skirt.’
- ‘It's like having ivory on your mantelpiece and crocodile shoes in your closet.’
- ‘He offers perhaps the widest range of exotic leathers, from crocodile to shark.’
- ‘Shoes are sling-backed heels of crocodile and patent leather.’
- ‘Shoes are pointed and classic in crocodile and patterned leather with a lace or side buckle.’
- ‘Guys with painted shirts and vests underneath, big turn-up jeans and crocodile shoes.’
- ‘Karl Lagerfeld, dressed in knee-high crocodile boots and a leather choker, was one of the speakers.’
2British informal A line of schoolchildren walking in pairs.
line, row, column, file, chain, string, streamView synonyms
- ‘The crocodile involves the group walking one behind another and throwing a ball back down the line.’
- ‘The owner of one stall enthused about the rich tradition of cheesemaking he'd inherited, along with his flock of sheep, to a crocodile of rapt schoolchildren.’
- ‘Kids and not-kids and people so far from being kids they were coming round for a second chance formed a long crocodile queue round and round the shop, up and down the aisles, all lined up to pay for their copies.’
- ‘For example, when a school crocodile passed, the eye would count it as one person.’
- ‘Will the UK scheme to walk a crocodile of children to school give them independence - or simply embarrass them?’
- ‘As a crocodile of children snaked their way through the school gates of a Hampshire school there was no sign that a black panther could be at large.’
- ‘They wore uniform, had uniform haircuts, slept in large dormitories known as wards, and walked everywhere crocodile fashion.’
Middle English cocodrille, cokadrill, from Old French cocodrille, via medieval Latin from Latin crocodilus, from Greek krokodilos ‘worm of the stones’, from krokē ‘pebble’ + drilos ‘worm’. The spelling was changed in the 16th century to conform with the Latin and Greek forms.
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