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



BrE BrE//ˈreptaɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreptaɪl//
, also NAmE//ˈreptl//
Amphibians and reptiles
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any animal that has cold blood and skin covered in scales, and that lays eggs. Snakes, crocodiles and tortoises are all reptiles. compare amphibian See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin, neuter of reptilis, from Latin rept- ‘crawled’, from the verb repere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reptile