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English definition of “reptile”


noun [C]    /ˈrep·təl, -tɑɪl/
any of various animals whose blood temperature changes with the outside temperature and whose bodies are covered by scales or plates (= hard material ): Snakes , turtles , and crocodiles are all reptiles.
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