Meaning of crocodilian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkrɒkəˈdɪlɪən/


  • A large predatory semiaquatic reptile of an order that comprises the crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharial. Crocodilians are distinguished by long jaws, short legs, and a powerful tail.

    Order Crocodylia: three families

    ‘Caiman belong to the group known as crocodilians, which also includes alligators and crocodiles.’
    • ‘In other species, such as monitor lizards and crocodilians, the lungs are partitioned into chambers made up of an intricate net of support structures.’
    • ‘Deliberate stone and soil swallowing has been reported for modem snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians serving to macerate digesta.’
    • ‘Truly cold-blooded animals like lizards, newts, turtles, and crocodilians, which are superabundant farther south are missing, he said.’
    • ‘They are found in mammals, turtles, squamates, and crocodilians, as well as a few bird taxa, particularly ratites and ducks.’


  • Relating to crocodilians.

    ‘Only two crocodilian groups had sparser, and therefore less sensitive, strings of the holes running along their jaws.’
    • ‘The skin of the saltwater crocodile produces the highest quality leather of the world's crocodilian species.’
    • ‘They've got these crocodilian jaws that just crunch off huge chunks of meat and bone, and then they just swallow it all.’
    • ‘A massive crocodilian creature began rising from the tip of the mountain.’
    • ‘The large body size and short legs suggest that these animals lived mostly in the water, where they adopted a crocodilian life-style.’