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Tuesday word: Reptile

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Reptile (noun)
rep·tile [rep-til, -tahyl]

1. any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, comprising the turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodilians, amphisbaenians, tuatara, and various extinct members including the dinosaurs.
2. (loosely) any of various animals that crawl or creep.
3. a groveling, mean, or despicable person.

4. of or resembling a reptile; creeping or crawling.
5. groveling, mean, or despicable.

Related forms
rep·tile·like, adjective
rep·ti·loid [rep-tl-oid] /ˈrɛp tlˌɔɪd/, adjective

Related Words for reptile
cur, toad, coward, rascal, louse, slink, dastard, cheater, snake, informer, skunk, scoundrel, wretch, heel, weasel, reptile

See more synonyms for reptile on

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English reptil < Late Latin reptile, noun use of neuter of reptilis creeping, equivalent to Latin rept ( us ) (past participle of repere to creep) + -ilis -ile

Oct. 9, 2018 Reptile

Examples from the Web for reptile
Contemporary Examples of reptile

A reptile hatching from an egg must not cry out for its mother, or else it will be readily detected by predators and eaten.

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Why Do We Cry?
Michael Trimble
January 10, 2013

In 1915 Thorpe started also playing and coaching the “reptile sport” of professional football in Canton, Ohio.

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The Most Wonderful Athlete in the World: Jim Thorpe’s Story
Kate Buford
August 5, 2012

Pedestrians would take turtles for walks and let the reptile set the pace.

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Sage Advice from Famous Dads
Bruce Feiler
June 19, 2010

Historical Examples of reptile
The Indians happily observed the reptile; and knowing what it indicated, awoke him.

The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Robert Southey

Juno afterward restored the reptile's sight and hid it in a cave.

The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce

He had the crawl of the reptile,—he had, also, its poison and its fangs.

Leila, Complete
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

If nothing but its bones had been found it would have been called a reptile.

The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker

So the allantois of the reptile has become the placenta of the mammal.

The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
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