Meaning of “reptile” in the English Dictionary

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"reptile" in British English

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reptilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrep.taɪl/ us /ˈrep.taɪl/

C1 an animal that produces eggs and uses the heat of the sun to keep its blood warm

Examples

  • Humans, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals are all animals.
  • Birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are all vertebrates.
  • There was a fashion for keeping reptiles as pets.

Examples from literature

  • But they also eat small animals, other reptiles – and other alligators! 
  • Crocodilians (crocodiles and alligators) are reptiles. 
  • Reptiles are animals that come from eggs, like birds. 
  • Reptiles are cold-blooded animals – they need the sun to stay warm. 
  • There are many insects that look like flowers and plants, but some reptiles do, too. 
  • Turtles and tortoises are two amazing, and quite different, species of reptile. 

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

"reptile" in American English

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reptilenoun [ C ]

us /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.

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