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English definition of “reptilian”


adjective uk   /repˈtɪl.i.ən/ us  
specialized biology belonging to or like a reptile: reptilian skin/eyesReptile and amphibian names disapproving describes an unpleasantly strange and unfriendly person or type of behaviour: He turned a cold, reptilian gaze on me.Not attractive to look atSerious and unpleasant
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