Meaning of “crocodile” in the English Dictionary

"crocodile" in British English

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crocodilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkrɒk.ə.daɪl/ us /ˈkrɑː.kə.daɪl/ plural crocodiles or crocodile

crocodile noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

B2 informal croc, uk /krɒk/ us /krɑːk/ a large reptile with a hard skin that lives in and near rivers and lakes in hot, wet parts of the world. It is like an alligator, but it usually has a longer and narrower nose:

a crocodile-infested swamp

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  • Humans, dogs, elephants and dolphins are all mammals, but birds, fish and crocodiles are not.
  • On average, two crocodiles a year end up as road kill on Florida's Highway 1.
  • He lost an arm to a crocodile.

(Definition of “crocodile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crocodile" in American English

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crocodilenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkrɑk·əˌdɑɪl/

a large, hard-skinned reptile (= type of animal) with a longer and narrower nose than that of an alligator which lives in and near rivers and lakes in hot, wet places

(Definition of “crocodile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)