Definition of false gharial in US English:

false gharial


  • A rare narrow-snouted crocodile that resembles the gharial, native to Indonesia and Malaysia.

    Tomistoma schlegelii, family Crocodylidae

    • ‘The false gharial is usually found to have an affinity with the family Crocodylidae.’
    • ‘The outstanding questions in crocodylian phylogeny is the position of the false gharials, Tomistoma and its allies.’
    • ‘False gharials, more accurately known as tomistomas, are some of the most unusual and little known of the crocodilians.’


false gharial

/ˌfôls ˈɡerēəl/