Definition of crocodile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkrɒkədaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɑːkədaɪl//
    (informal croc) Amphibians and reptiles
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  1. 1 [countable] a large reptile with a long tail, hard skin and very big jaws. Crocodiles live in rivers and lakes in hot countries. See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles
  2. 2 [uncountable] crocodile skin made into leather crocodile shoes
  3. 3[countable] (British English) a long line of people, especially children, walking in pairs a school crocodile
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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 cent. to conform with the Latin and Greek forms.Idioms if somebody sheds (= cries) crocodile tears, they pretend to be sad about something, but they are not really sad at all Let’s have no more politicians shedding crocodile tears for the unemployed.
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